The Winnipeg Jets’ offseason could be full of drama. Arguably at the top of that list is restricted free agent (RFA) centre Pierre-Luc Dubois.
Dubois is coming off his best season as a pro, where he posted career highs in both points (63) and assists (36). He also recorded four points in five playoff games before the Jets were eliminated by the Vegas Golden Knights. There have been plenty of trade rumours that have surrounded Dubois for the majority of his career, with all signs pointing to him wanting to be closer to his hometown in Quebec.
As an RFA, the Jets can trade him to whoever offers them the best deal. After next season Dubois becomes an unrestricted free agent (UFA), and he will be free to walk to his desired destination, which is likely the first team on this list.
Everyone gasps in utter shock when they see the Montreal Canadiens on this list… right? There may not be a more obvious connection across the NHL when it comes to an individual player wanting to play in one specific spot. Since the potential of a Dubois to Montreal trade has been written about plenty already, let’s focus on a potential return.
As is with every potential big-name trade, the fanbases are incredibly split on what the return may look like. Canadiens fans are adamant that they will be able to acquire Dubois for Josh Anderson and a late first-round pick. Jets fans have thrown names out there like Kirby Dach and Joshua Roy, while also entertaining the possibility of a straight swap for the fifth-overall pick.