Roslovic, 24 next week, was the 25th overall pick in 2015 by Winnipeg and like Dubois and Laine, had requested a trade.
In 2016, Laine went second to Winnipeg and Dubois went third to Columbus.
Dubois is signed through next season, while Laine is a RFA after this year.
Adam Rotter: The idea of Dubois going from Columbus to the Rangers always seems far-fetched, but the idea of Winnipeg sending him to the Rangers in a year or two, if he doesn’t want to stay in Winnipeg, could be more realistic. That is far down the line though and by then the Rangers may have already found a center to slot in behind Mika Zibanejad. As we saw last night, Filip Chytil could very well be that guy.
It’s a trade of convenience for both teams as they exchange players that didn’t want to be where they were. The Rangers never really had a chance at Dubois for a variety of reasons. For one, the Rangers would have had to pay the highest price of anyone in the league to get him. Why? Because if Columbus was going to have to play a line against a line of Dubois and Artemi Panarin for the next number of years, it was going to cost a ton. Like Alexis Lafreniere or Kaapo Kakko, plus other A-level assets, a lot and that is a price the Rangers were never going to pay, especially to a division, when we go back to the old divisions, rival. If the last two lotteries had not gone the Rangers way and they instead ended up with regular top-10 picks instead of #2 and #1, then I think they would have made an enormous run at Laine. Instead the Rangers are very deep at wing and with players who may not be the pure goal scorers that Laine is, but who may end up as equal or better overall players.