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With Pierre-Luc Dubois publicly expressing his dissatisfaction with the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, many teams are now pursuing the 22-year-old center. The frontrunners pursuing Dubois, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, are both from Canada. They are the Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets.

Dubois signed a two-year $10 million contract just two weeks ago, but this deal was only agreed upon to give general manager Jarmo Kekalainen some time to find a trade partner. Contract talks between Dubois' party and the organization apparently did not go as planned, and that is what caused Dubois to request a trade.

The Canadian native tallied 49 points in 70 games last season after setting career-highs the previous year in goals (27) and assists (34) in 82 games.

While the Canadiens and Jets are both potential suitors, it seems that the Jets may need a center more than Montreal. The Canadiens already have Nick Suzuki, Jesper Kotkaniemi, and Phillip Danault anchoring their top 3 forward lines. The Jets also have two very serviceable centers in Mark Scheifele and Paul Stastny, but maybe Dubois could come in and bump Stastny down to the third line, causing the Jets to have one of the deepest center cores in the league.

The asking price from Columbus is where things will get tricky. It will reportedly very high, somewhere around a top prospect, a first round pick, and other assets according to Friedman.

Montreal and Winnipeg aren't the only teams around the league interested in the star forward, but they seem to be the front-runners at the moment.

Source: 31 Thoughts
JANUARY 12, 2021  (14H11)