NHL Rumors: Danault turned down Canadiens offer, and can Anaheim top Winnipeg’s offer for Dubois?

Phillip Danault (NHLI/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens have a very good problem and that’s center depth. Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi are two young and up coming stars, but what about Phillip Danault? What does his future hold.

NHL Rumors: Danault turned down a 6 year deal from the Canadiens

“At this moment, there are no negotiations,” Danault said back in November. The 27 year-old is in the final year of his contract and is looking for increased responsibility which he is getting at the moment.

According to La Presse, he turned down a 6 year deal with an AAV of $5 million in September. The perceived reason why he didn’t sign has more to do with the total salary than anything else.

According to our information, Danault is happy in Montreal and is keen to continue his career with the Canadiens. The gap would not be that large between the two parties, although there seem to be some nuances to be clarified on the duration of the contract. Some speak of a five-year deal, others of six seasons.

La Presse

“I really have the intention of honouring my contract,” Danault said coming into camp. “after that, we’ll see what the future holds.”

You can expect the Canadiens to do whatever it takes to keep Danault in Montreal.

NHL Rumors: Can anyone top the Winnipeg Jets offer for Pierre-Luc Dubois?

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Pierre-Luc Dubois may be headed to Winnipeg (NHLI)

The rumor mill was buzzing last night upon Darren Dreger’s report that Pierre-Luc Dubois was close to being traded. He followed that up with expecting a deal to be completed as soon as today.

According to the insiders, Dubois is most likely headed to Winnipeg in a multi-player deal where Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic both end up in Columbus. Everyone is pretty certain it isn’t a one for one trade, and if we are being honest, Laine is right now a better player than Dubois. The key here is what else the Jackets are giving up for Roslovic? That’s got to be the hold up.

Another team rumored to be in the hunt are the Anaheim Ducks, but how could they top that offer? Some buzz in the rumor mill has highly touted prospect Trevor Zegras as the centerpiece of a deal the other way. But the Jackets aren’t really looking for futures, even really good ones.

It’s also believed the Montreal Canadiens are in it, but have told Columbus that Nick Suzuki is a non-starter. So right now, the Habs are a distant third in the Dubois race.

As for the other potential trade partners, it’s unknown which players would be involved in trades with the Canadiens or Ducks, but top prospects such as forward Cole Caufield (Montreal) and forward Trevor Zegras (Anaheim) would be high on the Jackets’ wish list.

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