The situation around Pierre-Luc Dubois, 22, who wants to leave the center of Columbus, has really become electrified after an uproar played early Friday morning.
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Sportsnet reports that Columbus GM Jarmo Kekäläinen has put a big gear in the eye in transfer negotiations and is now trying to get his young star to tricky.
Sportsnet believes that the deal involving Dubois could take place as early as local time on Saturday morning, ie Finnish time around the beginning of the evening.
The same assessment was reported by TSN journalist Darren Dreger.
Jarmo Kekäläinen talks about the NHL's hot major transfer. Photo: Joshua A. Bickel / Lehtikuva
According to both TSN insider journalist Pierre LeBrun and Aaron Portzlile of The Athletic, who is close to Columbus, the toughest race from Dubois will be held by the Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks.
In addition to this trio, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman also writes that at least Calgary Flames is still involved in the negotiations.
- According to a few sources, the package offered by Winnipeg Jets includes two players who wished to transfer them, Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic, Sportsnet reports.
Anaheim is believed to have been feverishly following Dubois from the beginning and to have significantly increased his offer.
According to earlier public statements, Kekäläinen would like to be at least the team's young center forward Nick Suzuki from Montreal, but Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin would not be ready to give up his gold piece.
Columbus will face Tampa Bay Finland time on Saturday night at 9 p.m.
However, according to Portzlile, it is unlikely that Dubois will be seen in the playing line-up of the match - if even then he is still part of the Columbus team.