EF on Dubois (32TP): “I am not convinced the Canadiens wanted to do that contract…I just think the Habs had some prospects that were asked about there & they absolutely refused to do it and I think at the end of the day they just said we don’t think this is the right fit for us”
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 28, 2023
Wanting to sign for eight years right away put too much pressure on the Habs, who didn’t have what it took to satisfy the Jets and their desire to remain competitive.
In the end, the Habs didn’t necessarily want to give the Jets what they wanted, nor did they want to give Dubois what he was asking for in terms of salary per year – and for eight years.
If the CH is open to giving a guy at least eight million dollars a year someday, it didn’t seem certain it would do it for Dubois.
But it seems that the CH really wasn’t ” the team that wanted him the most “, because even in the other aspect – the price to be paid to the Jets – there seemed to be a problem.
According to Elliotte Friedman, the Jets were prepared not to necessarily ask the Habs for established players, since the club doesn’t have any interesting players for such a deal.
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– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 28, 2023
If the Jets did this, it wasn’t out of Christian charity or to help Dubois get home.
The reality is that the Jets really like some of the Habs’ prospects and would have been willing to deviate from their plan to pick up specific guys in Montreal. That said, Hughes didn’t want to part with the youngsters in question for Dubois, and he said no.