According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Patrik Laine and center Jack Roslovic in exchange for center Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick. Roslovic, who was a restricted free agent, signed a two-year contract that carries a $2 million cap hit with the Blue Jackets.
Dubois, 22, was benched for the final 46:32 of the Blue Jackets’ 3-2 shootout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, and head coach John Tortorella did not necessarily explain why. Dubois requested a trade ahead of the start of the 2020-21 season.
Pierre-Luc Dubois, traded to WPG, is an elite offensive play-driver whose defensive game might have been overrated due to the Columbus system. At 22 he’s one of the top young centres in the league. #GoJetsGo pic.twitter.com/Yit3taosZZ
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) January 23, 2021
He has recorded just one goal and a -2 rating in five games this season after signing a two-year contract that carries a cap hit of $5 million as a restricted free agent in December. At five-on-five, he has recorded a 50% Corsi-for percentage and a 52.77% expected goals-for percentage so far.
In 239 career NHL games, Dubois has recorded 66 goals, 159 points, and a +20 rating. In 26 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, he has posted eight goals, 19 points, and a -2 rating, including six goals and 10 points in 10 games last summer. The best season of his NHL career came in 2018-19, where he set career-highs in goals (27), assists (34), points (61), and plus-minus (+16).
Laine, who has been on the rumor mill since the end of last season, has tallied two goals and three points in one game this season but has not played since the Jets’ season opener due to an upper-body injury. He is currently on injured reserve. In 306 career games, the 22-year-old has recorded 140 goals, 250 points, and an even rating in 306 career regular-season games. In 24 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Laine has recorded eight goals and 16 points.
Roslovic, 23, also requested a trade recently and has not played a game this season. The Columbus native has posted 26 goals, 67 points, and a +6 rating in 180 career NHL games. He set career-highs in goals (12), assists (17), and points (29) in 71 games last season. In 20 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Roslovic has posted five assists and a +4 rating.
The Jets have averaged 3.25 goals-per-game in four games this season (11th in the NHL) while the Blue Jackets have averaged 2.00 in five (tied for 28th). The Blue Jackets finally get their game-breaker, which they have been lacking since forward Artemi Panarin left in free agency in 2019, in Laine, while the Jets add some center depth, which was their biggest weakness before they acquired Paul Stastny from the Vegas Golden Knights last October.
The Blue Jackets are 1-2-2 through five games but are tied for second in the Central Division while the Jets are 3-1-0 through four and are third in the North Division.
Laine was the second overall pick by the Jets in the 2016 NHL Draft while Dubois, who will have to quarantine for 14 days before making his Jets debut, was the third by the Blue Jackets.
By Harrison Brown