NHL rumors: Pierre-Luc Dubois to act now?

Though the Winnipeg Jets settled one case over the weekend with the hiring of head coach Rick Bowness, they have many more to settle this summer.

TSN network insider Darren Dreger recently reported that Captain Blake Wheeler is available on the trade market, while the team is also expected to receive calls regarding Pierre-Luc Dubois, who could become an unrestricted free agent in 2024.

“There is a lot of speculation about Pierre-Luc Dubois. We know Blake Wheeler is available, the Winnipeg captain, but the Jets aren’t interested in rolling back competitively,” Dreger explained. “They are fully aware of Pierre-Luc Dubois’ contractual requirements, but he is an important part of this team. So there is a lot of interest in Dubois. However, if the New York Rangers, the Montreal Canadiens or any other team intends to get Dubois, they will take a very big offer.

“If we take the Rangers example, it would be a question of [Filip] chytile, [Braden] tailor or [Kaapo] Kakko as one of the heart of a possible trade and possibly a first-round pick to go along with it. I don’t think otherwise [directeur général de Winnipeg, Kevin Cheveldayoff] have the courage to trade Dubois this season. »

Wheeler, 35, scored 17 goals and 60 points in 65 games last season. He is under contract through the end of the 2023-2024 season at an average annual salary of $8.25 million. The veteran has 296 goals and 867 points in 1,046 NHL career games, including 825 with the Jets.

Dubois may become a restricted free agent this summer. His previous two-year contract earned him $10 million. The 23-year-old had 28 goals and 60 points in 81 games last season.

Dubois was selected third overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2016 NHL Draft and spent three seasons in Columbus before being traded to the Jets on January 23, 2021 with a third-round pick for Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic.

In 361 NHL career games, the Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que. native has 102 goals and 239 points.

The Jets, who missed the playoffs for the first time in five years this season, currently have $18 million of margin under the salary cap with just 13 players under contract, according to industry-focused website CapFriendly.

Mikheyev wants at least $4.75 million

No matter which team will offer Ilya Mikheyev’s services once the free agent market is open, it could be expensive.

While the Toronto Maple Leafs have told teams they are open to the idea of ​​trading their rights to the forward, our colleague Pierre LeBrun reports that Mikheyev will be looking for a multi-year deal that will allow him to average between 4, $75 and $5.5 million per year.

The 27-year-old is enjoying his best season to date, scoring 21 goals and 32 points in 53 games. He added 2 goals and 4 points in seven playoff games.

According to CapFriendly, the Maple Leafs currently have $6.4 million in play, with 18 players signed for next season.

In addition to Mikheyev, goalie Jack Campbell can also become an unrestricted free agent. TSN insider Chris Johnston reported last month that the Maple Leafs haven’t made any offers to any players.

In 146 NHL games, Mikheyev has scored 36 goals and 72 points.

Zaitsev on his departure?

Everything indicates that Nikita Zaitsev played his last game in an Ottawa Senators jersey.

The journalist out mail media Bruce Garrioch says while Zaitsev is a reliable defender, he no longer fits into senators’ plans.

Under contract for two more seasons at an average annual salary of $4.5 million, Zaitsev received a $2 million season 1 bonusah July, leaving just $7 million remaining to be paid under his agreement.

Garrioch believes Zaitsev is more attractive in the trading market since his bonus was paid out. He identifies the Arizona Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks as teams that may be tempted to take him on provided they are offered more draft picks.

30-year-old Zaitsev scored 2 goals and 11 points in 62 games last year, averaging 18:59 per game.

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