With news that Pierre-Luc Dubois has signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets but the deal coming with speculation the forward is still looking at leaving the Blue Jackets organization, there is trade chatter picking up already. Just hours after the signing was announced, one team may already be interested in a trade.
The first team apparently having potentially reached out to the Blue Jackets is the Boston Bruins. While the trade talk suggests things are merely just in the exploratory phase, according to Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now, buzz picked up on Friday from an NHL source saying the Bruins “have looked into what it may take to acquire disgruntled Columbus Blue Jackets budding star forward Pierre-Luc Dubois.”
As per this source, no serious talks have occurred but it’s understandable as to why the Bruins would be interested. They’ve lost some key pieces this offseason and are dealing with some major injuries to start the season. More than that, long-term, the outlook of what they may be facing as the team gets older and contracts come to an end, the Bruins may need to explore replacing some of their bigger names.
Pierre-Luc Dubois can play both left wing and center and could definitely not just provide the secondary scoring that Sweeney has tried unsuccessfully to land on the NHL Trade market but also primary scoring should Brad Marchand’s injury ever act up again. He could also become a successor to 34-year-old Bruins center David Krejci who is entering the final season of his contract with the Bruins.
Murphy also notes that, should the Bruins make a huge change, this is the kind of player the team could use as core member of their group. He says, “Heck, whenever new Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron retires or moves on from the Bruins, Dubois could easily become the Bruins’ top pivot, with Charlie Coyle moving into the two slot.”
Don’t Get too Excited Bruins Fans
Keep in mind, Dubois just signed and news of his being potentially unhappy in Columbus is still fresh. It’s not like GM Jarmo Kekäläinen is going to make the first deal that becomes available and he’s got two years to find the right fit.
Dubois would be a great fit in Boston, but it would take a lot to land him. The Bruins also haven’t been incredibly active this offseason, so any rumors that include them should be taken with some caution.
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