Leclerc Report: Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets mentioned Pierre-Luc Dubois on the Draft

While folks were thinking there could be some trades happening at the Draft the Jets made seven selections and didn’t make any other moves. The prevailing thought is that captain Blake Wheeler could be dealt but that trade talk revolving around Mark Scheifele has cooled significantly. The other big centre in Winnipeg however in Pierre-Luc Dubois is still garnering plenty of interest and Martin Leclerc, a columnist with Radio-Canada Sports had this to say on twitter about Winnipeg, Montreal and Pierre-Luc Dubois.

On me dit que le Canadien travaille toujours avec les Jets de Winnipeg dans le but de conclure une transaction qui amènerait Pierre-Luc Dubois à Montréal à long terme. Les pourparlers ont failli porter fruits au repêchage la semaine passée. 1/2

— Martin Leclerc (@MLeclerc_Hockey) July 12, 2022

Avec une ligne de centre composée de Dubois, Suzuki, Dach et Evans, la reconstruction pourrait être plus rapide que prévu. 2/2

— Martin Leclerc (@MLeclerc_Hockey) July 12, 2022

The translation is roughly as follows:

I’m told the Canadiens are still working with the Winnipeg Jets with the goal of closing a deal that would bring Pierre-Luc Dubois to Montreal in the long run. The talks almost paid off in the draft last week. 1/2

With a center line consisting of Dubois, Suzuki, Dach and Evans, the rebuild could be quicker than expected. 2/2

With two years left of team control Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff isn’t in a rush to make a deal.

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