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Pierre-Luc Dubois Signs 2-Yr Deal with Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Pierre-Luc Dubois to a two-year contract that will carry an average annual value of $5 million.

After rumors swirled that forward Pierre-Luc Dubois was potentially looking for a change of scenery, it took all of a couple of hours for the Columbus Blue Jackets to the get the restricted free agent signed to a new deal. As for the potential trade request? We’ll have to see if there’s anything more to this.

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The Blue Jackets have signed Dubois to a two-year contract that will carry an average annual value of $5 million. The first year is $3.5 million and the second $6.5 million.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen released this statement:

Pierre-Luc is a talented, young player with great potential, and we look forward to his continued growth and development, and the valuable contributions he will bring to our team. I’d like to thank my staff, as well as Pat Brisson and his group, for their professionalism and efforts to finalize this agreement prior to the start of training camp to ensure that the focus moving forward is on our team and achieving its goals for the upcoming season.

Essentially, this is a bridge deal that will come with chatter there might be a future trade in the works. Dubois will be a restricted free agent again when this contract expires, but Aaron Portzline writes, “$3.5 million this year, $6.5 million next season. As for the trade request, let’s see where this goes …”

Pierre-Luc Dubois

Was There A Formal Trade Request?

We’re not sure if a formal trade request was ever actually a thing. The latest was that Dubois might be interested in a change of scenery based on how the negotiations were going but that a bridge deal might be best for both sides. LeBrun tweeted before the deal was finalized that Kekalainen said to him via text message he was confident a contract would get done.

He was right. Let’s hope he’s also confident that whatever issues Dubois seemed to have are no longer issues. David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period wrote the Blue Jackets had been pushing for a long-term deal and it sounds like Dubois prefered a short-term deal right now. Dubois seems to have won this round.

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