NHL Rumors: Pierre-Luc Dubois wanted out for awhile, Zdeno Chara thought about retiring, and much more

Another installment today of NHL Rumors. Earlier we dove into Patrik Laine’s comments stirring up the trade buzz around him. Now we get word from Elliotte Friedman how bad Pierre-Luc Dubois wants out.

NHL Rumors: Pierre-Luc Dubois wanted out for awhile

Pierre-Luc Dubois apparently has been wanting to be out of Columbus for awhile. According to Elliotte Friedman’s latest blog, one player told him, “We knew [Dubois] was thinking of leaving, if he could.”

Apparently, this has been brewing for awhile. The Blue Jackets hold all the cards right now as they own his rights until he can become a UFA. More likely than not they will hold onto him this season. Don’t get me wrong, they will listen to offers but it will take a small treasure to get him.

The best time to acquire Dubois for a reasonable price will be in the summer of 2022 when he is an RFA again.

NHL Rumors: More Friedman golden nuggets

A few interesting trade rumors tidbits:

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Zdeno Chara (NHLI/Getty Images)
  • Zdeno Chara did contemplate retirement
  • He believes Montreal wanted Mike Hoffman
  • Ottawa went after Tyler Toffoli
  • Dallas went after Erik Haula
  • Look for a Flames PTO for Brett Ritchie
  • Islanders to sign Matt Martin soon
  • UFA D-man Ben Hutton likely to land in Boston or NJ

Loui Eriksson to the AHL?

On Sportsnet 650, Satiar Shah discussed that Vancouver Canucks forward Louis Eriksson could be sent down to the AHL.

Loui could get sent to Utica if he doesn’t have a good training camp, like forget taxi squad. He could get sent to Utica if he doesn’t have a good camp this year and I think that is something to keep a real close eye on. If Travis doesn’t feel like Eriksson can bring the same PK ability and if that speed isn’t quite there and he’s not bringing the finish anyways. You saw him go away from Loui in the postseason, especially once you played the Vegas Golden Knights.

via NHLRumors.com

I find this hard to believe with teams being allowed to carry taxi squads that work on the salary the same way. Make of it as you will, because no one is trading for his contract. He has 2 seasons remaining with an AAV of $6 million.