The Pierre-Luc Dubois saga in Columbus has come to an end.
On Saturday, the Blue Jackets sent him and a 2022 third-round pick to Winnipeg in exchange for star winger Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic.
Laine is in his fifth NHL season, all of which had come as a member of the Jets. The Finnish winger has notched 140-110-250 in 306 NHL games. He's in the last year of a two-year, $13.5 million-dollar contract. After it expires, he'll be a restricted free agent this summer. The Jets will retain 26% of Laine's salary this season as well.
Believe #nhljets are retaining 26% of Patrik Laines salary for this season, which evens out cap hits between Laine and Dubois. So no added salary for #CBJ other than new Roslovic deal.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 23, 2021
Of course, Dubois has next year on his contract. Laine does not.
Roslovic, 23, is a Columbus native who played his first three seasons in the NHL with the Jets after being drafted 25th overall in 2015. The center tallied 26-41-67 in 180 games with Winnipeg. Previous to the trade, he was working out in Columbus, awaiting a new deal from the Jets or a trade, due to his current RFA status. He has signed a two-year deal worth $3.8 million (1.9 AAV) with Columbus.
“Strengthening our lineup offensively has been a priority for us and the additions of Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic accomplish just that,” said Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen. “Patrik is a player we know very well and in a short time has become one of our league’s most proficient goal scorers. Jack is an exciting young player with great potential and we’re thrilled to bring him home to Columbus as a Blue Jacket.”
We'll have more on this story as it develops.