Pat Brisson, the agent for Pierre-Luc Dubois, has been speaking over the past week about Dubois’ desire to play for his hometown Montreal Canadiens. (The Athletic)
Dubois reportedly attended the draft in Montreal recently because he believed a trade would be completed at that time. (The Athletic)
The Canadiens reportedly offered three players to Winnipeg in exchange for Dubois and have continued to pursue him. (The Athletic)
Winnipeg is reportedly trying to acquire a player from Montreal that the Habs are not interested in moving. (The Athletic)
Adam Rotter: The Rangers are certainly familiar with this kind of situation. Adam Fox forced his way to the Rangers, Kevin Shattenkirk turned down bigger contracts to sign with the Rangers, and the same with Artemi Panarin and others over the years. Those guys wanted to play for the Rangers more than anything and made it happen.
With the idea that Dubois only wants to end up in Montreal, it makes sense that the Rangers wouldn’t move the necessary pieces to get him. You could argue that getting Dubois for two years would be worth it if they thought he would put them over the top, but two chances at the Cup with Dubois at the cost of Braden Schneider, Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko, and whatever other pieces would be needed, plus whatever other salary cap related moves would have to be made, wasn’t worth it. Especially when the Rangers can sign Vincent Trocheck for a lower cap hit and keep all those assets. If Dubois was willing to sign a 7-8 year deal it might be a different story, but if he only wants to be a Hab then he can become a Hab.