1/22/21 | Pierre LeBrun lists the Rangers as one of 12 teams that he “believes” have inquired on Dubois. (LeBrun)
Dubois was benched last night for Columbus and did not play in either the second or third period.
1/7/21 | 6:44PM: On TSN‘s Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun listed the Rangers a a team that “intend to make sure” that they stay on top of Pierre Luc-Dubois’ trade request out of Columbus.
On the Rangers, LeBrun said “what piece are they missing and what could Dubois bring with all those wingers? I don’t know if Columbus would want to trade with a rival.” (TSN)
He listed the Ducks, Kings, Jets and Canadiens as other teams that could keep tabs on the situation. (TSN)
Dubois signed a two-year deal that has a cap hit of $5 million per season.
Darren Dreger said of Dubois’ status, “there is a sense that it would be better for both sides to get something done sooner rather than later, whether that is two weeks or two months, there doesn’t appear to be a firm timetable at this point.” (TSN)
LeBrun said that many around the league think that Columbus will take their time with this move and potentially wait until the draft. (TSN)
LeBrun wrote earlier this week at The Athletic about Dubois.
Adam Rotter: From a Rangers point of view, he makes perfect sense. John Davidson would know him well, the Rangers have played against him numerous times, he’s big, can score, young and would be excellent in a combo with Mika Zibanejad. John Davidson would From a Columbus perspective though, I don’t see a fit with the Rangers for a variety of reasons. The big one is that they are division rivals, except for this year, and Columbus is not going to be too keen on having to battle Dubois for the next 10+ years, especially as he centers former Blue Jacket Artemi Panarin. I also don’t see the Rangers having the pieces that Columbus would want in return for a 6-3, 22-year old former third overall pick. Alexis Lafreniere isn’t going anywhere, Kaapo Kakko isn’t going anywhere and I don’t think a deal built around Filip Chytil is getting it done.
I don’t know if Anaheim’s prospects or young players would match better than the Rangers, but I’d bet Columbus would rather see Dubois there. LA makes sense as they have a ton of prospect-wise, but Columbus is a team trying to compete now, so they are likely going to want players already in the NHL. Montreal has the same Eastern Conference issue that the Rangers have, but they match on a bunch of levels. Dubois is from Quebec and Montreal has Jesperi Kotkaniemi (#3 overall in 2018) and/or Nick Suzuki as young centers that could come right into the Columbus lineup and play.