'No question' that Rangers will check in with Blue Jackets about trade for Pierre-Luc Dubois: report

Colin Martin
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Pierre-Luc Dubois
Pierre-Luc Dubois

With news of Columbus Blue Jackets centre Pierre-Luc Dubois recently requesting a trade, the Rangers have become one of the rumored teams to have interest in the 22-year-old star, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

Dubois has registered 65 goals and 93 assists (158 total points) in 234 games played over his three year career. He was selected third overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by Columbus after previously playing with the Cape Breton Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. 

"Eventually, I’m guessing next summer, the Rangers are going to get around to finding another top-6 centre for their talented lineup," LeBrun said. "Can you imagine if that’s Dubois? A 1-2 punch at centre of Mika Zibanejad and Dubois and all that talent on the wings… Yikes. There’s absolutely no question in my mind the Rangers will be among the many teams who check in with Columbus. The fly in the ointment is that Columbus ideally would rather avoid trading within their own (normal) division. So there’s that. But as far as a need and fit, this is a good one."

LeBrun would go on to say that the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens, and Los Angeles Kings will all have interest in trading for Dubois as well. It all depends on who impresses Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen with the best offer.

"But regardless of which approach teams take, believe me when I say about 20-25 teams will have checked with Kekalainen by season’s end," LeBrun said. "How can you not? How often do 22-year-old No. 1 centres with his combination of skill and size become available? Most people I’ve talked to this week around the league believe Kekalainen will take his time and some predicted a summer trade around the draft. But as always, all it takes is one terrific offer to make him blink and it could happen anytime this season."