Pierre-Luc Dubois makes people dream.
Now that the Quebecer has asked the Blue Jackets to exchange him, many see him in the uniform of the Montreal Canadiens.
Fighting center, talented, large format (6’3, 219 pounds), only 22 years old. An innate determination.
A projection curve that will continue to increase.
A leading Quebec center in Montreal has been around forever.
To get Dubois, Marc Bergevin will have to give one or more important elements, because the GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Jarmo Kekalainen, will not give him gifts.
Kekalainen is aware of Dubois’s value and he wants to get the most out of it.
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If I’m in his shoes, I demand Nick Suzuki or Alexander Romanov. One or the other, but not both.
Suzuki is already asserting itself as an impact player. Suzuki could immediately replace Dubois in the formation of the Blue Jackets.
As for Romanov, he has a flair, talent and potential that could allow him to be the Canadiens’ top defenseman for many years to come. With youngsters Zach Werenski and Seth Jones, Romanov could add to an already very effective defense in Columbus.
In my opinion, Suzuki is an untouchable, even for Dubois.
The same goes for Romanov. Especially since the CH still lives with the specter of having traded Mikhail Sergachev to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Habs need a left-handed defender for the future in their training.
In my opinion, as long as the names of Suzuki and Romanov are not on the table, a transaction involving Pierre-Luc Dubois is unlikely.
And we must not forget that the Blue Jackets do not have the urgency to exchange Dubois. He is under contract until the end of the next season (2021-22).
We shouldn’t forget what Joe Sakic did a few years ago with the Colorado Avalanche. Remember. Matt Duchene had asked to be traded. Sakic was patient and waited for the right offer. He looks like a genius today.
Kekalainen will surely think of doing the same.
Now, would the Blue Jackets be open to other proposals from the Canadiens?
Jesperi Kotkaniemi and / or Cole Caufield? Veterans like Brendan Gallagher and / or Phillip Danault?
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The first choice in the Habs’ last draft, Kaiden Guhle?
One or more first round picks?
Several of the names I just mentioned would have to be included in an offer to make the Blue Jackets think.
But, is it enough or is it satisfactory for Columbus? I do not think so.
Suzuki or Romanov. Would you do it? Not me.