Kent Hughes and Pierre-Luc Dubois: major proposal involving the Canadiens' 5th pick and the Coyotes

BY MARCO    JUNE 20, 2023  (6:06 PM)
When the Habs acquired Christian Dvorak, the goal was to find a player capable of fitting between Phillip Danault and Jesperi Kotkaniemi. In retrospect, it was a big mistake to let the Quebecer go.

The acquisition of Dvorak cost a first-round pick in 2022 and a 2nd-round pick in 2024. Journalist Jared Book suggests going back for that 2nd pick and starting a series of moves that will bring Pierre-Luc Dubois to Montreal.

Kent Hughes would trade the Canadiens' 5th pick for the Coyotes' 6th and the Canadiens' 2nd-round pick in 2024. Then make a hostile offer to Pierre-Luc Dubois of $4,290,125 for one year. That's the maximum salary for giving away only a 2nd-round pick.

That's all well and good, but the Jets would surely match the offer. THEY WOULDN'T.


If the Jets decide to match a hostile offer made to Dubois, they can't trade him for a year under the rules of the collective agreement, which would lead to Dubois' complete autonomy and the team would lose him for nothing.

Logically, then, the Jets would have no choice but to let him go for a 2nd-round pick, which is exactly why the Jets' GM has absolutely no choice but to trade him before July 1. Especially since he wants players capable of helping the team now in return.

It's far-fetched, we agree. What's more, there's no guarantee that Dubois would agree to sign at a discount for one year, so he'd probably have to be compensated in his contract extension.

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