If Pierre-Luc Dubois was not traded to the Montreal Canadiens this weekend, it is because Marc Bergevin refused to give up to the Blue Jackets his young number one center Nick Suzuki and another hope of the organization (on evokes the name of Cayden Primeau), among others, according to our information.
I tried to get the information confirmed by Jarmo Kekalainen on Sunday, but the GM of the Blue Jackets did not waver: he was not going to comment on the private conversations between general managers, neither publicly nor in private, m ‘he replied.
Kekalainen finally accepted the Winnipeg Jets’ offer, including Patrik Laine, 22, 140 goals in his first 306 career games, also dissatisfied with his organization, and a young center of almost 24 who is slow to hatch. , Jack Roslovic, for Pierre-Luc Dubois.
It is not known to what degree Kekalainen was interested in Alexander Romanov or Jesperi Kotkaniemi, along with other hopes, for Dubois. Probably. But anyway, the (short) conversation would never have extended beyond Suzuki and Bergevin, like a good poker player, did not put his cards on the table.
Everyone who has had to compromise with Bergevin confirms it: he is a fierce negotiator who reveals very little. He would rather not make a trade than lose it. Hence its impressive success rate in this area.
But Romanov would not have been available, I am told, and probably not Kotkaniemi either. Not only have we always had the Finn in high esteem, but the young man takes even more rank among the thinkers of the organization.
Pierre-Luc Dubois remains a formidable 22-year-old center player. He’s 6-foot-3, weighs 225 pounds, amassed 61 points in his second NHL season, and he’s arguably not yet peaked.
Never forget the ceiling
As tempting as it is in the eyes of Marc Bergevin, he must also act as a cold and calculating GM. The management of the salary cap also remains at the heart of the story.
Imagine, for example, the Canadian ceding Jesperi Kotkaniemi and a prospect, Cole Caufield or Cayden Primeau, in return for Dubois.
We must also offer a regular in training to balance the payroll, since Dubois receives 5 million per year and Kotkaniemi $ 925,000. The account can be reached if we also cede Paul Byron and his annual salary of 3.4 million, provided that Columbus absorbs part of Dubois’ salary.
But such an exchange almost destroys any chance of offering Phillip Danault a contract extension. We could perhaps balance the budget for the first year, in 2021-2022, but Dubois would order a significant salary increase at the end of the 2022 season.
Pierre-Luc Dubois no longer costs only Kotkaniemi plus a hope, but Kotkaniemi plus a hope, Byron and Danault. Without knowing if Kotkaniemi will not become at least as good as Dubois in two years, and at the risk of breaking the good chemistry that currently reigns within the team.
To my surprise, 85% of readers responded that they were relieved to see the team intact today, in my little poll launched this weekend on Twitter. This is obviously not an exercise supervised by a specialized firm, but more than 5,100 Internet users have expressed their opinion. It’s almost scientific!
It also proves the enthusiasm of the fans for the team at the start of the season when the Canadian is still undefeated after six games.
The exchange between the Jets and the Blue Jackets is balanced. The two players were drafted the same year, in 2016. Laine in second place, Dubois in third. Laine has a median salary of 6.7 million, Dubois 5 million, and both will demand a good raise shortly (Laine at the end of the season, Dubois next year).
The two demanded an exchange. Both have been open to criticism in their handling of adversity. Both are very talented.
To return to the Canadian, I am whispered that the initial offer of six years for 30 million to Phillip Danault (the Danault camp speaks rather of five years) would no longer be on the table, whatever we still hope to retain.
It is claimed that this offer was made before the signing of contracts of 39 million for six years to Brendan Gallagher, 38 million for seven years to Josh Anderson, 17 million for four years to Tyler Toffoli and 5.7 million for two years. to Jake Allen.
Maybe it’s the negotiation game, or maybe the current reality as well. Let them talk to each other. If Danault wants to stay in Montreal, I imagine they can get along, and sooner rather than later.
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