It’ll be months, and perhaps years, before we can break down the winners and losers in the massive Pierre-Luc Dubois trade that went down this weekend.
Why did Dubois want out of Columbus so badly? Will Patrik Laine be able to ingratiate himself with the Blue Jackets like it seems like he didn’t with the Winnipeg Jets despite scoring 140 goals during his four plus seasons in Winnipeg?
Are Laine and Jack Roslovic going to regret wanting out of Winnipeg after a few months playing for John Tortorella in Columbus?
Clearly it feels like a bit of an even trade because both teams shipped out players that didn’t want to be in their current situations anymore, so it’s a fresh start for everybody involved. But the questions will linger as to whether it was isolated situations, or if it was things that could crop up once again in their new destinations.
So, ignore the immediate winners and losers for the PLD/Laine trade and forget anyone that wants to make a snap judgement on it. This is one of those trades where we’ll need to see exactly how things play out for both franchise – and for the significant players involved – before we can even begin to evaluate who got the better end of the deal.
Now on to the puck links:
*Here’s Pierre-Luc Dubois in his own words with Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean talking about the deal on Saturday night. It really doesn’t clear up exactly what was going on and why he wanted out of Columbus so badly. Maybe he just didn’t like Ohio? (Sportsnet)
*Two goals apiece from Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand helped the Bruins rout the Flyers by a 6-1 score, and gave Boston their biggest, best win of the early season as the offense finally showed up in a big way. (Boston Hockey Now)
*Speaking of the Bruins/Flyers, it looks like Flyers goaltender Carter Hart didn’t have much fun in Boston over the last few games. And he needs a new stick.
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*Clearly Patrik Laine sticking around Columbus for the long haul is a big part of how well the Blue Jackets are going to come out of the trade when it’s all said and done. (NHL)
*There is some early season ugliness to the play of the Vancouver Canucks as they dropped to 2-5 on the season. The answers behind the slow start are pretty tough to come by at this point. (Sportsnet)
*We all thought the Montreal Canadiens were going to be much improved this season. That’s exactly how it’s playing out in the North Division thus far. FOH (Friend of Haggs) Eric Engels has more on that. (Sportsnet)
*Pretty cool to see Johnny Boychuk getting involved and helping out the Islanders coaches at practice on Saturday. JB is one of those guys with hockey in his blood, so I could very easily see him becoming a coach in his post-playing career. (NYI Hockey Now)
*For something completely different: We have reached a whole different level of viral phenomenon as the women that made Bernie Sanders’ mittens is being interviewed on national news programs.
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