WINNIPEG — Pierre-Luc Dubois doesn’t like how excessive the hypothesis machine has been cranking up, but he did little to pump the brakes or quiet the issues of a fan base that’s downright scared he’s not desirous about a long-term dedication.
In relation to the connection standing of Dubois and the Winnipeg Jets, it’s honest to say it’s a tad difficult, however not essentially for the explanations you could have initially thought.
As Dubois took greater than half an hour to try to set the file straight in each official languages on Monday, he left loads of issues open to interpretation.
One factor he took nice pains to level out was that he didn’t settle for the Jets one-year qualifying provide for $6 million as a result of it makes him a extra tradeable asset.
“You hear so many issues that I apparently stated or I apparently did and plenty of it’s irritating to learn some issues that I didn’t even know that I did — or I didn’t do or I didn’t say,” stated Dubois. “There was by no means a doubt of holding out or forcing something. You learn stuff, like ‘he desires out of Winnipeg.’ If I needed out of Winnipeg I’d have requested for a commerce. I didn’t ask for a commerce. There was little doubt in my thoughts that I used to be going to point out up for camp.
“Now that’s taken care of, my contract is signed, I’m able to go for the season. And subsequent summer season will probably be subsequent summer season. Subsequent summer season I’ll be a restricted free agent once more after which it’ll be one other resolution. However for now, I don’t have to consider this anymore.”
So there you might have it.
Even when Dubois isn’t able to go to the altar on a long-term deal at this stage of the sport, he’s dedicated to having a robust season and doing his half to assist the Jets rebound.
He’s appreciative of the way in which the group and his teammates supported him after his arrival, when by his personal admission, he didn’t ship.
He would neither verify nor deny that he has his coronary heart set on testing unrestricted free company in the summertime of 2024, nor did he rule out altering his thoughts on contemplating sticking round Winnipeg past this contract.
That is the place issues start to go sideways for members of Jets Nation.
If Dubois isn’t able to declare his outright love and signal on the dotted line, there was ample overreaction on social media about transport him out instantly and lots of assumptions are being made.
Right here’s the factor, Dubois isn’t afraid to march to the beat of his personal drum at instances and that’s a part of what’s allowed him to have success on the NHL degree.
He’s a curious particular person by nature and he desires to assume lengthy and onerous about the place he’s going to spend the prime years of his profession.
That’s not essentially a slight on Winnipeg both.
Dubois stated a part of the rationale he’s taking his time earlier than locking in is that his subsequent contract might be his final.
The instant response from the fan base is how can somebody who just lately turned 24 be considering of retirement earlier than he’s even hit his prime?
Once more, that’s to not say Dubois doesn’t love hockey, even when he’s not a man who desires to squeeze each ounce of the sport out of him earlier than he decides to hold up the blades.
Nor does that imply he’s going to take a look at lengthy earlier than the top of that long-term contract, at any time when — or wherever — it will get signed.
As for the open flirtation — and subsequent hypothesis that adopted feedback from his agent Pat Brisson that left open the potential for in the future enjoying for his hometown Montreal Canadiens — Dubois appeared to counsel that wasn’t orchestrated by him and he felt these phrases took on a lifetime of their very own.
On the time, Dubois was a free agent and will converse to any crew, as he identified in one other certainly one of his solutions.
“I believe folks took slightly factor and blew it up instances 20, and it’s tremendous. Individuals can learn into it what they need,” stated Dubois. “To be trustworthy, I didn’t assume something an excessive amount of of it. What’s stated typically and what really occurs and what’s really being stated in these conferences may be taken out of context and that’s how I see it. I simply thought it was overblown, the response, and I believe some folks simply ran with the 2 seconds that they favored or didn’t like to listen to.
“I perceive that is your guys’ job on the identical time. And, once I do not offer you a lot, it is simpler to invest on what I need and what I do not need. These days with social media it goes so quick. Articles come out each second, and a few of them are 99 per cent unsuitable. You continue to learn it and nonetheless marvel if it’s true. There’s been so much, so much, plenty of hypothesis. So now I’m lastly blissful you get to listen to it from me, from the supply. The person himself.”
However when requested a follow-up query about Brisson’s feedback and the way uncommon they appeared to be, Dubois stated he trusts his agent, that he’s the very best within the enterprise and that he’s at all times performing in his greatest curiosity.
So whereas Dubois didn’t essentially put these phrases in Brisson’s mouth or ask for them to be made public, he didn’t ask him to again observe both.
“Yeah. See, good there, the query was ‘is Montreal a market he’d wish to play in in the future’, and he (Brisson) stated perhaps it’s a spot he would see himself enjoying in,” stated Dubois. “He by no means stated…your query was what was blown out of proportion, him saying did you wish to play for the Canadiens. He stated it’s a spot that, perhaps in the future, he may play. I believe folks took that and blew it up instances 10 and stated he’s attempting to pressure this, he’s attempting to pressure that.
“In case you requested any participant that comes from a metropolis that grew up watching a crew of their metropolis or province, yeah, they in all probability in some unspecified time in the future of their life considered that choice. It’s no totally different than guys from Winnipeg or guys from Washington or guys from Boston or guys from Los Angeles. It’s no totally different than that. Typically it occurs. Typically it doesn’t. That’s simply life.”
So sure, there may actually be a time when Dubois is desirous about enjoying for the Canadiens and it won’t be far down the street.
Because it stands proper now, Dubois isn’t frightened about that risk and it isn’t on the prime of his thoughts.
There are many gamers who’ve proven the flexibility to compartmentalize conditions like this one, some even flourish and play their greatest hockey.
What in regards to the crowd that claims the Jets ought to try to get forward of issues, that if Dubois received’t signal long-term that they need to transfer him now and provides the buying crew a chance to have him for at the very least two playoff runs?
It’s a sound level, however the worth of Dubois on the commerce market will solely go up if the third total choose of the 2016 NHL Draft takes the subsequent step as a participant.
For the entire folks pointing to the latest deal between the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers as a comparability for what the return needs to be if the Jets attain that time with Dubois, keep in mind that Tkachuk was one yr away from UFA standing and was coming off a 104-point season.
Dubois had 28 objectives and 60 factors final season and whereas he performs a premium place, he’s going to want to provide a point-per-game marketing campaign or higher earlier than attracting an analogous haul and the very best likelihood of that taking place is by having Kyle Connor and/or Nikolaj Ehlers journey shotgun with him subsequent season.
May Dubois have been a bit extra direct in answering among the questions despatched his method on Monday afternoon?
Little doubt about it.
He additionally supplied a glimpse behind the scenes as to why issues at present sit the way in which that they do and why the longer term goes to be cloudy and questions will proceed — whether or not it’s in the course of the season or by the point the one-year deal is up subsequent summer season.
“I perceive what you’re saying, however I’m fairly positive you’ve, in some unspecified time in the future, modified your thoughts or not been positive about one thing in your life,” stated Dubois. “Who is aware of, a yr later, perhaps six months later, perhaps half-hour later, you alter your thoughts otherwise you’ve considered one thing totally different otherwise you’ve considered a special thought. Look, I don’t even know what I’m consuming tonight at dinner. I don’t know what I’m going to do in two years. I don’t know what I’m going to do in six years.
“I don’t know what I will do in six months. There are a bunch of various opinions and there are a bunch of various methods of considering. I’m not anyone that has one thought and settles on it for the subsequent six years. It’s simply human nature to vary your thoughts typically. That’s why I get you guys have articles to jot down, however these questions, typically these questions, the solutions to the questions aren’t as straightforward as sure or no.”
Finally, the Jets and Dubois can have a choice to make.
Will they keep collectively for this season, past this season or will they lower ties earlier than the summer season of 2024.
Given the magnitude of the deal made to accumulate him and the gamers concerned, the Jets clearly can’t threat dropping Dubois for nothing, so this can be a short-term resolution.
At present, the Jets have price certainty and Dubois is aware of the place he’s going to be — barring one thing unexpected.
“Look, on the finish of the day guys get traded, guys signal long run, the whole lot’s on the desk,” stated Dubois, noting he’s had a few productive calls with new head coach Rick Bowness. “Every little thing on the participant’s aspect and on the crew’s aspect is up within the air typically. There’s guys that signal long-term offers and get traded two years into their deal whereas they’re on trip, whereas they’re simply having fun with life, they usually thought they have been going to play someplace for the remainder of their profession and also you get a name and also you’re shipped off the subsequent day.
“And then you definately see guys like Johnny Gaudreau leaving by free company. It’s a enterprise and typically folks assume the enterprise aspect is simply the crew however it’s each ends of the spectrum. There’s by no means straightforward selections to make on gamers’ or GMs’ aspect, however on the finish of the day it’s a enterprise for everyone and the extra you’ll be able to work collectively and attempt to be on the identical web page and attempt to work in the identical course, clearly it’s one of the best ways to do it. If each aspect may be pleased with the result, that may be the right method of doing it.”