Dubois ‘didn’t ask for a trade’ from the Jets
Pierre-Luc Dubois said Monday he was committed to the Winnipeg Jets for the upcoming season, but did little to quell speculation surrounding his future beyond that.
The 24-year-old forward, who was a restricted free agent, signed a one-year, $6 million contract Friday.
“If I wanted to leave Winnipeg, I would have asked for a trade,” Dubois said. “I didn’t ask for a trade. There was no doubt in my mind that I was going to show up for (training) camp. Once we understood that the one-year deal was the way forward, we were just waiting for the qualifying offer and waiting. Then we signed that, and now I’m going camping and excited to meet everyone, the new coaching staff and the new players. I spoke to the coach [Rick Bowness] Saturday or Sunday, and I’m really excited to get it going this year.”
Because Dubois has signed a qualifying offer with Winnipeg, he will be RFA again the next offseason.
“I think it’s a very, very important decision that can’t be made quickly,” Dubois said. “It can only be done after thinking for a long time, asking the opinion of my family, my parents, my girlfriend. In the middle of my next contract, I may have a family, you don’t know , there are so many things that can happen that I don’t want to go too fast and regret it later. When you tell yourself that you want to be somewhere for a long time, you have to be sure not only the first or second year , but for the duration of the contract.”
Reports of Dubois’ desire to leave Winnipeg began to surface when his agent, Pat Brisson, told TVA Sports on July 13 that Dubois, a native of Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., was interested in playing for the Montreal team. Canadian.
“First of all, for [Brisson’s] intention, I don’t know,” Dubois said. “I spoke to Pat now that the contract is settled, so less now, but we spoke a lot during the week. I was unaware (of his comments) until a friend of mine pointed it out to me. I trust Pat, he’s my agent. … I think he’s the best in the business. If I didn’t think I wouldn’t be with him. But what he does and what he says, I trust him.
“I’m ready to go for the season and next summer will be next summer. Next summer I’ll be a restricted free agent again, and then it’ll be another decision. But right now I don’t don’t have to think You try not to think about it because you can’t control it All I could do was play this year as best I could and let my agent and the team do the talking.
Dubois had a career-high 60 points, including 28 goals in the NHL, in 81 games with the Jets last season. He also set career highs for power-play goals (15), power-play points (19), game-winning goals (six) and penalty minutes (106).
Selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets with the third pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, Dubois had 239 points (102 goals, 137 assists) in 369 regular season games with the Blue Jackets and Jets, and 22 points (eight goals , 14 assists) in 33 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Dubois was traded to the Jets by the Blue Jackets for forwards Patrick Laine and Jack Roslovic on January 23, 2021, two days after being benched by then-coach John Tortorella in an overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tortorella had confirmed 10 days earlier that Dubois had told the team he no longer wanted to play for them.
“Everyone changed their minds, everyone had different ideas, everyone at some point liked something and then realized later that they didn’t,” Dubois said. “It’s just human nature to change your mind sometimes. That’s why I understand you have articles to write, but these questions, sometimes these questions, the answers to questions are not as simple as yes or Nope.”