Could The Bruins Land Pierre-Luc Dubois?
Recently, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Pierre-Luc Dubois announced that he wants out of Columbus.
At just 22-years-old, he has an extremely promising future. The centreman currently has 158 points in 234 games played since he entered the NHL in 2017.
With the Bruins’ best players nearing the end of their careers, Dubois could be a good option for the Bruins. Newly named captain Patrice Bergeron is 35-years-old and alternate captain David Krejci is 34-years-old. On top of losing former captain Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug at the blue-line, there are a lot of holes in the Bruins lineup overall.
Dubois could be a long-term solution to the inevitable loss of Bergeron and Krejci. Brad Marchand, too, who is 32-years-old.
What Would It Cost?
A trade is the only option that makes acquiring Dubois possible. He just signed a two-year extension with the Blue Jackets, and he will not be an unrestricted free agent for four more seasons.
Losing David Krejci, Jack Studnicka, and a first-round draft pick would be a sensible package to give up in order to snag Dubois. Some may not be a fan of giving all of that up for just one player, but it would work out nicely for both the Bruins and Blue Jackets. Krejci can be put on Columbus’ first line. Studnicka can fill in at center on their second line. Then, a first-round draft pick will be the cherry on top to give Columbus everything they need in exchange for Dubois.
It’s not too much of a gamble when you realize Bergeron and Krejci only have a few years left in them. Losing Studnicka and a draft pick is the biggest risk of this situation, but waiting to see how Studnicka performs this year would be ideal. However, Dubois is a hot commodity and if the Bruins want to pull the trigger, they’d have to act fast.
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