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Jets Face Matthew Tkachuk-Like Trade For Pierre-Luc Dubois

Jets Face Matthew Tkachuk-Like Trade For Pierre-Luc Dubois

The Winnipeg Jets are playing solid hockey and Pierre-Luc Dubois is producing. With 51 points in 49 games, the center is one of the reasons the Jets now sit second in the Western Conference with 63 points and look to make the playoffs after a disappointing run in 2021-22. But, according to NHL insider Nick Kypreos, none of that matters when it comes to Dubois’ future in Winnipeg.

Kypreos appeared on Tim and Friends on Jan. 17. and insisted that Dubois isn’t likely to stay in Winnipeg for the long term, no matter how the team performs this season. “There is nothing that can change his mind from what I’m hearing,” he explained. Noting that NHL insiders would be talking a lot more often about Dubois as a potential trade piece this season if the Jets weren’t playing so well, Kypreos noted that even a Stanley Cup won’t get him to stick around, despite new head coach Rick Bowness’ best efforts.

Pierre-Luc Dubois “is not staying in Winnipeg long-term” and is linked with the Canadiens.
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As a result, it’s likely the Jets are in a situation where they’ll have to explore a trade. It’s not a deal likely to happen this season, but it could go down this summer, and potentially around the time of the NHL Entry Draft.

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As per Luke Fox of Sportsnet, “Dubois’ situation most resembles that of Matthew Tkachuk in Calgary last season: playoff-bound team, star player, only one more year of club control.” He adds, “GM Kevin Cheveldayoff must find the best trade possible this summer if a long-term extension cannot be reached quickly.”

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It wasn’t long ago that Tkachuk was a pending RFA and knew that he wasn’t going to sign long-term with the Flames. He let the team know of his intentions to move on and GM Brad Treliving had little choice but to get the best return possible for a player the organization would have never otherwise moved. The Jets don’t want to trade Dubois. But, if he knows he’s leaving and will likely do so as soon as he becomes a UFA, what choice do the Jets have?

The only logical option seems to be to get what you can for the player when the getting is good. And, if Dubois finishes at a point-per-game clip, there will be interested teams.

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