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Huge slap in the face for Pierre-Luc Dubois from his former teammate Connor Hellebuyck

Published February 2, 2024 at 11:59 PM

Pierre-Luc Dubois was traded this summer, and he is still being discussed as a disappointment for the Los Angeles Kings. Signed to a high salary, he currently has the same number of points as Juraj Slafkovsky, which is concerning given the price the Kings paid.

Meanwhile, Gabriel Vilardi and Alex Iafallo each have more points and a more significant role within the Jets. It is this particular transaction that allowed the Jets to sign Connor Hellebuyck and Mark Scheifele for seven years.

Indeed, the star goaltender admitted that the moves made during the summer showed that the team is in 'win-now' mode and not undergoing a rebuilding phase.

"[Connor] told me he was very happy with the trade we made with the Kings,' mentioned Bowness, whose quote was featured in a Sportsnet article. 'He wanted to make sure we were invested in the mission to win a Stanley Cup.

We completed the transaction, and [Connor] saw that we made good moves. Our team is better, and we have a chance to win. I think that had more significance than anything else."

It's quite remarkable, as everyone thought the Kings had won that trade, the Jets' veterans were convinced they were a better team without Dubois.

This is very revealing about the Quebecois forward and what others think of him in the locker room. Dubois has the potential to become a great hockey player, but his inconsistency sometimes leaves much to be desired, and he does not have unanimous support as a teammate.

The Kings are now stuck with him for another seven years after this season. Hopefully, he will wake up; otherwise, it will be a costly mistake for the organization for a long time.

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Huge slap in the face for Pierre-Luc Dubois from his former teammate Connor Hellebuyck

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