The rumours around Pierre-Luc Dubois and the Montreal Canadiens have been running rampant for a few weeks now, and one NHL insider believes that it’s just a matter of time.
On the most recent episode of the 32 Thoughts podcast, NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman addressed the ongoing storyline in Winnipeg regarding Dubois and his desire to move on from Winnipeg when he becomes eligible for free agent status in the summer of 2024. According to Friedman, who was one of the first to report on Dubois’ unhappiness in Winnipeg, there doesn’t seem to be a solution when it comes to keeping Pierre-Luc Dubois in Winnipeg and, further to that, Montreal does indeed look like his desired destination.
“I think he told them, two years, then I’m going to test the market,” said Friedman regarding what he’s heard about the ongoing Dubois story in Winnipeg. “I’m with a lot of other people who said Montreal; I think that’s the most likely destination but like I tell people a lot can happen in two years, but we have to get from here to there.”
The belief around the league, which was also confirmed by his agent, Pat Brisson, is that Dubois would eventually like to end up in Montreal when he becomes a free agent; but some believed that a move to Montreal was to be hastened by way of trade this summer. Although that possibility is still on the table according to what NHL sources have told Montreal Hockey Now, it would likely be wise to wait out the next two years and simply sign Dubois, should he really want to come to Montreal, as a free agent, without giving up prime assets. The Montreal Canadiens aren’t yet in a position to afford the kind of price tag that the Jets would likely command for Dubois and would be better off revisiting the idea of acquiring Dubois further down the line.