Blue Jackets to trade Dubois to Jets for Laine, Roslovic

Tanya Simon
January 26, 2021

The young stars were two of the 2016 NHL Draft's most coveted players, with Laine going second overall to Winnipeg and Dubois going third overall to Columbus.

Winger Patrik Laine heads to Columbus while Pierre-Luc Dubois heads to Winnipeg.

The 22-year-old Dubois requested a trade shortly after signing a two-year, $10-million bridge contract just days before the season started and teams have been aggressive in their pursuit of him.

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Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois skates on the ice during a stop in play. The front office did not feel pressured to immediately honor its request until recently when coach John Tortorella made a decision to put on the bench the No. 3 pick of the 2016 draft in the first period of Thursday game. According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Flames and Canadiens were some of the other teams who pitched trade offers to Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. Originally drafted third overall in 2016, Dubois has yet to hit his prime but still managed to score at least 48 points in each of his first three National Hockey League seasons.

Dubois has been an absolute stud over the past two seasons, with his best year to come in the 2018-19 season where he tallied 27 goals and 34 assists. In comparison, Laine has played 306 games, collecting 140 goals and 250 points. Columbus also gives Winnipeg their third-round pick in 2022. His 166 penalty minutes are 46 more than Laine's.

Playing in front of entirely empty stands in their first home game, Columbus got a goal and an assist from Oliver Bjorkstrand, and Nick Foligno netted on the power play.

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