If rumours alone were enough to land a player on a new team, Pierre-Luc Dubois would be a Montreal Canadien by now. It’s been hammered home, several times, that Dubois would like to end up in Montreal, although never confirmed by Dubois himself (for somewhat obvious reasons). And yet, at least for now, Dubois is a Winnipeg Jet. The question is, will the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets engage in trade talks?
It’s certainly on the table, but I wouldn’t call it a homerun just yet, even if Elliotte Friedman suggested there was a 95% chance of it happening at some point. There are some pros to the Canadiens trading for Dubois, a player with skill the Canadiens could undoubtedly use. But it’s not without a risk that might make it not worth giving up assets for.
There appears to be an appetite for a rebuild in Winnipeg, with Connor Hellebuyck, Blake Wheeler, and Mark Scheifele also listed by The Athletic as potential names to be moved by the Jets this off-season. So it certainly suggests that the Jets will be willing to move on from several key pieces from their squad, Dubois included. The question will come down to price and whether or not the Canadiens want to play ball.
I’ve seen some wacky trade proposals from both fan bases (Like 5th overall for Dubois or Dubois for Rem Pitlick and a 5th), and I can say neither of those will happen. But I think a deal could get done if both sides wanted to. But knowing this isn’t cut and dry, let’s delve into that and discuss the pros and cons of the Canadiens trading for Dubois.