NHL Rumors: Pierre-Luc Dubois asks for a trade, Mathew Barzal still unsigned, and two outdoor games

Mathew Barzal bridge deal (Getty Images)

“I’m excited to have the contract done & to be able to get back on the ice and play hockey again, especially with everything that is going on in the world right now,” Pierre-Luc Dubois said yesterday after signing his new 2 year-deal.

While he is saying all the right things publicly, according to sources he has asked for a trade.

NHL Rumors: Pierre-Luc Dubois wants a trade

It was a wild few hours that began with a report from Pierre Lebrun that the 22 year-old Jackets center may be looking for a “change of scenery.” Aaron Portzline then did some further digging and found out he asked for a trade.

Pierre-Luc Dubois trade rumors
Pierre-Luc Dubois (Getty Images)

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekäläinen would not comment on the report and declined to say whether Dubois had formally requested a trade. Dubois’ agent, Pat Brisson, also declined to comment publicly. One source told The Athletic that the relationship between Dubois and the Blue Jackets changed during negotiations this fall.

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It is unlikely that the Jackets in this shortened season and current NHL climate would trade their top young star. Of course, that could change next season at the trade deadline if he refuses to discuss a new contract. This is one story to keep an eye on for sure.

NHL Rumors: Mathew Barzal still without a deal

Although not yet official with the league, Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello announced that Cory Schneider, Andy Greene, and Matt Martin have agreed to terms.

As far as the big fish in the Long Island Sound goes, “I have nothing new to say,” Lamoriello replied to questions on Mathew Barzal.

What we know is that Barzal is in NY quarantining and waiting on a deal to get done. “We will certainly work at this, with the hope to have him on the first day of camp.”

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock.

NHL has two outdoor games on tap

Elliotte Friedman is reporting that the NHL has plans for two games in an outdoor setting at Lake Tahoe.

According to multiple sources, the NHL is beginning its Mystery, Alaska experiment, with four teams as part of a unique two-game, two-day “Outdoor Weekend” showcase at Lake Tahoe. 

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Look at the schedule showed oddities in NBC’s Wednesday Night lineup. Avs at Knights on 2/20/21 is a Saturday broadcast. That’s followed up on 2/21/21 with a matchup between the Flyers and Bruins.

Friedman says this is a one off for now, but if successful the league may pursue further.

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