23-year-old center man Pierre-Luc Dubois has had quite an interesting career after the Columbus Blue Jackets drafted him overall in third place in 2016. It looked good for him after the 2018-19 season, where the 20-year-old had 61 points in his second season and played a key role as the team won their first playoff series in franchise history. However, the Dubois faltered the next season, and after only one goal in five games the following year, the Dubois were given to the Winnipeg Jets in a one-on-one exchange for the overall number two. Patrik Laine. A tough season continued for him after the prey, which raised doubts about his long-term future.
However, Dubois got his game back this season, scoring 28 goals in his career as he averaged nearly 19 minutes of ice time per game. match. A limited free agent in the offseason, but it does not appear that the Dubois want a long-term contract. It’s Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman in fact reporting that Dubois has informed Winnipeg that he wants to test unlimited free agency in 2024. However, the Jets are still hoping to convince him to stay for the long term, according to the report.
That means Dubois could either arbitrate the team for a one-year contract or accept his $ 6MM qualifying offer. It may be a safe bet just to accept the qualifying offer as it is probably around what the arbitrator would give given his inconsistent performance in the last few seasons, if not more.
Like Sportsnets Ken Wiebe notes, it puts Winnipeg in a difficult situation. The Dubois obviously want to see a long-term improved situation in Winnipeg and a clear path back to the cup tournament. Is Winnipeg willing to potentially go more all-in than they should to keep the Dubois around in the long run, or are they better placed to press the reset button? That is the decision of the general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will have to struggle with.