Jets trade Laine in blockbuster deal

The Winnipeg Jets have swung a blockbuster trade, sending sniper Patrik Laine and winger Jack Roslovic to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for centre Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round draft choice.

The long-rumoured deal was formally announced Saturday morning.

It’s no secret Dubois wanted a change of scenery, and the situation came to a head following Thursday night’s game in which he was benched for the last two periods due to what coach John Tortorella felt was a lack of effort.

Meanwhile, it’s also well known that Laine and Roslovic had requested trades through their respective agents.

Dubois, 22, was taken third-overall in the 2016 NHL draft. He has one goal through five games this season, and 66 goals and 93 assists in 239 career games. He is signed for the next two seasons at $5 million per year.

His father, Eric, is an assistant coach with the Manitoba Moose.

Laine, 22, was taken second-overall that same year. He had two goals and an assist in one game this season before missing the past three contests with an upper-body injury.

He has 140 goals and 110 assists in 306 career games and is playing for $6.75 million this season. He will be a restricted free agent with arbitration rights this summer.

Laine can enter unrestricted free agency following the 2022-23 season, while Dubois could do the same after 2023-24, if they are not signed to long-term extensions before then.

Roslovic, 23, was taken 25th overall in the 2015 draft. The Columbus native was a restricted free agent who had yet to sign a new deal with the Jets this season. He has 26 goals and 41 assists in 180 career games.

Following the trade, the Blue Jackets signed Roslovic to a two-year deal worth $1.9 million per season.

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