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NHL Trade Chatter: Bruins Interested In Blue Jackets F Pierre-Luc Dubois

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NHL trade chatter was picking up again Friday and an NHL source has confirmed to Boston Hockey Now that the Boston Bruins have looked into what it may take to acquire disgruntled Columbus Blue Jackets budding star forward Pierre-Luc Dubois. 

The source stressed that this was completely exploratory and for now, just Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney doing his due diligence on a player that has suddenly become the big fish on the NHL Trade market. There were also no details of what a return from the Bruins would need to be but one 

Dubois, 22, signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Blue Jackets on New Year’s Eve day but according to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic, Dubois agreed to a short-term deal rather than a long-term one to allow the Blue Jackets to facilitate a trade. Portzline’s colleague Pierre LeBrun tweeted prior to the signing that some teams have been notified that Dubois is looking for a change of scenery. According to the source referenced above, that prompted Sweeney and an array of NHL GM’s to call Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen to get ‘the lowdown’ on the situation. 

While the NHL Free Agent market picked up, the NHL Trade market had quieted down a bit this past week. With a player like Pierre-Luc Dubois potentially on the market though, that could change in a hurry. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound forward, who was drafted third overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, had a breakout season in 2019-20 and the NHL Return To Play. Dubois had a team-leading 49 points in 70 games last season before adding 10 points in 10 playoff games and helping the Columbus Blue Jackets upset the Toronto Maple Leafs in the qualifying round, before losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

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. 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. 

Bruins training camp begins Sunday morning but Sweeney clearly is leaving no stone unturned as he scours the NHL trade market for scoring depth up front and a left-shot defenseman.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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[…] 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 […]

LOL they’re “in on ” everyone. But everyone knows that it’s BS to keep us fans believing that they’re going to do anything big. We’ve all seen how this front office operates. Can you say DISFUNCTIONAL?

GD Avlis

First off, Sweeney is an asshat. That being said Jacobs/Delaware North are hemorrhaging money. No way will the Bruins take on a TEN million dollar a year nut!

Mike S

Although I agree to your point that the Bruins “Are in on everyone”. It’s more so the media hyping it up at this point. I think it would be crazy for Sweeney not to at least call about him and see the price… But PLD also has a cap hit of 5 million, so it would be 10 million over 2 years. Which makes a lot of sense, depending on the return.

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[…] Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now: A source has said that the Boston Bruins inquired about Columbus Blue Jackets Pierre-Luc Dubois. Bruins GM Don Sweeney is just doing his due diligence and that the call was exploratory for the time being. […]

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[…] Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now: A source has said that the Boston Bruins inquired about Columbus Blue Jackets Pierre-Luc Dubois. Bruins GM Don Sweeney is just doing his due diligence and that the call was exploratory for the time being. […]

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