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Sports Blue Jackets deal unhappy Dubois to Jets for Laine, Roslovic

08:53  24 january  2021
08:53  24 january  2021 Source:   msn.com

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After Pierre-Luc Dubois was benched for lack of effort two days ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday traded the unhappy star center to the Winnipeg Jets for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic . Laine , an All-Star winger also had been asking for a trade.

After Pierre-Luc Dubois was benched for lack of effort two days ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday traded the unhappy star center to the Winnipeg Jets for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic . Dubois , Columbus' top-line center, made it clear when he signed a two-year contract before the

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After Pierre-Luc Dubois was benched for lack of effort two days ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday traded the unhappy star centre to the Winnipeg Jets for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic.

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Dubois, Columbus' top-line centre, made it clear when he signed a two-year contract before the season that he wanted a change of scenery. Laine, an All-Star winger also had been asking for a trade.

Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said the deal had been in the works and wasn't hastened by the rift between Dubois and Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, who benched the 22-year-old star for loafing in Thursday's loss to Tampa Bay.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded unhappy center Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Winnipeg Jets for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic . Columbus Blue Jackets ’ Pierre-Luc Dubois , left, carries the puck up ice against Tampa Bay Lightning’s Anthony Cirelli during

The Columbus Blue Jackets have granted Pierre-Luc Dubois ’s request for a trade. Columbus sent the forward and a 2022 third-round pick to the Winnipeg Jets for forwards Patrik Laine and Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, unhappy with Dubois ’ effort in the first four games this season, took

“We've been working on this for a while and we've always said that it could take a while until we find the right deal, but if the right deal is on the table we're ready to move fast,” Kekalainen said. “So just everything came together."

Hours after the trade, the Blue Jackets played their best game of the season to beat Tampa Bay 5-2.

Dubois is a dynamic centre whom the Blue Jackets hoped would be one of their building blocks. But he declined to sign a long-term deal and let it be known he wanted to play elsewhere.

After leading the team in scoring with 49 points last season, Dubois had one goal and no assists in the first five games of 2021.

Laine, a 22-year-old Finnish winger, has scored 36, 44, 30 and 28 goals in each of his four NHL seasons but has grown into a better all-around player in the process. Roslovic, a 23-year-old centre who grew up in Columbus, has 26 goals and 41 assists in 180 career games.

What the Puck: Canadiens, Jackets unlikely partners for a Dubois deal

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In a blockbuster deal , the Columbus Blue Jackets sent Dubois and a third-round pick to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Laine and Roslovic , capping off a week of drama in Columbus. Dubois had been looking for a “change of scenery” since the start, a request that was creating some fairly obvious

Laine , Roslovic and Dubois had all requested a trade in recent months. It's no exaggeration to say this trade will define these franchises for years to come. In Laine , the Blue Jackets get a perennial 40-goal scorer still coming into his prime while Dubois gives the Jets one of the best one-two punches

Laine said he is open to a long-term deal with Columbus.

“It’s obviously a big thing for me that a team wants me and wants me bad," he said. "That was obviously a great thing for me. I’m open, for sure. Hopefully that’s going to be a spot where I’m enjoying life, I’m enjoying playing hockey and everything I’ve heard about the organization and the city, it’s only positive things.

"They have a good, young team and hopefully I can bring my kind of playmaking abilities and my shooting abilities into the team and work as hard as I can and hopefully build something good.”

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said the trade is mutually beneficial.


Video: Jets and Blue Jackets pull off blockbuster Laine-Dubois trade (cbc.ca)

“We’re giving up an elite shooter that I firmly believe is going to develop into a strong, very powerful power forward,” Maurice said. “And then we’re going to get a power forward that I think is going to develop into an elite point-producer. So different starting points. ... They’re both going to be big, powerful men that’ll drive play and drive offence.”

The Patrik Laine trade: Yet another unhappy Finnish for Winnipeg

  The Patrik Laine trade: Yet another unhappy Finnish for Winnipeg Patrik Laine for Pierre-Luc Dubois seems to make sense for the Winnipeg Jets. But there is a bigger picture at play for Winnipeg, where professional sport plays an outsized role in the civic psyche.On Saturday morning, while shoppers enjoyed newfound pandemic freedoms, the Jets traded Patrik Laine — the second-greatest Finnish sniper ever to play for a Winnipeg NHL team — and fellow winger Jack Roslovic to the Columbus Blue Jackets for centre Pierre-Luc Dubois.

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded center Pierre-Luc Dubois to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for right winger Patrik Laine and center Jack Roslovic A Dubois - Laine swap means a pair of 22-year-old standouts, both disgruntled with their teams, will get fresh starts. Dubois was the center on the

The Blue Jackets sent disgruntled center Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick to the Jets for right wing Patrik Laine and center Jack Roslovic , according to multiple reports. The move comes just 48 hours after Dubois was benched by former Rangers coach John Tortorella in an overtime loss to the

The trade included signing Roslovic, a unsigned restricted free agent, to a two-year, $3.8 million contract through the 2021-22 season.

“He's a hometown boy, and we think he can play centre in the National Hockey League,” Kekalainen said. “He's got tremendous speed and skill and hockey sense, and we're excited to have both those players join the Blue Jackets.”

The Jets will also get a third-round pick in the 2022 draft.

Roslovic, who had been working out in Columbus recently, may be available as soon as he gets through the COVID-19 protocol, Kekalainen said. The situation may be a little more complicated for Laine, who landed on the Jets' injured reserve list this week with an unspecified upper-body injury and has visa issues to work out. Kekalainen didn't say when Laine would be ready to play.

Laine has 140 goals, 110 assists and 250 points in 306 games with the Jets, who failed to sign him to a long-term contract and settled on a one-year deal worth $6.75 million.

“I won’t lie. It’s kind of sad,” Jets captain Blake Wheeler said of Laine being traded. “There weren’t any smiles, put it that way. I think we were both sad we’re at this point. But he has nothing but a fan in me.”

Maurice isn’t worried about how Dubois’ time in Columbus ended — he didn't engage in the corner and glided to the bench, where he sat the rest of the game Thursday.

“I don’t know what went on there,” Maurice said. “None of us were a part of what went on there. You have no idea what went on in the background, so I’d be very careful with my character assassinations before I get to meet the man. He’ll walk in here, he’ll present himself, we’ll accept him with open arms as we always do with new players.”

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AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno contributed.

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