January 23, 2021

Trade Alert: Dubois for Laine and Roslovic is exactly why the Rangers were never going to get him

Dubois and Laine trade places (NHLI/Getty Images)

It’s now a done deal.

The Columbus Blue Jackets send Pierre-Luc Dubois and a 3rd round pick to the Winnipeg Jets for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic. It’s without the best the Jackets could’ve hoped for as they even replace Dubois at center with Roslovic.

New York Rangers were never going to be a major player for Dubois

If you were hoping that the Rangers could trade players like Ryan Strome and Tony DeAngelo for Dubois, you were sorely mistaken. I also don’t believe the Rangers were willing to part with DeAngelo right now anyway.

If you though the Rangers could offer up a Filip Chytil as well to sweeten the pot, you were mistaken again. The Rangers were unlikely to land him from the beginning, just by a matter of circumstance.

A well placed source already told me back in early January that the Jackets were unlikely tor trade Dubois to the Rangers. The Jackets are slated to return to the Metro next season and likely meant they wanted even more to do so.

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Pierre-Luc Dubois (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Don’t Worry, the Rangers are going to push for star players soon

At the same time I was told that Dubois was unlikely, it was reiterated that the Rangers are going to be in a position soon to acquire big time players.

Here’s what I was told just a week ago by a well placed source, the Rangers have too many highly rated prospects and all are not going to play here. The expectation is if they don’t make a move at this deadline, the Rangers will be aggressive in the offseason.

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So hold on tight fans, and watch players like Alexis Lafreniere, Kaapo Kakko, K’Andre Miller, and Filip Chytil start to come into their own. Because sooner rather than later, your screams for another star center may be answered.

Jack Eichel anyone?

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