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Never any doubt: Pierre-Luc Dubois signs two year contract

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With days to spare before camp starts!

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On Thursday afternoon, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced they had signed center Pierre-Luc Dubois to a two year contract worth $10 million:

That $5M average annual salary was predicted exactly by commenter BrightandSunny earlier this week. Kudos!

As expected, the salary is heavily backloaded, setting up Dubois for a big raise in summer 2022:

PLD will be a restricted free agent that summer, as will defenseman Zach Werenski. Unrestricted free agents that summer include center Max Domi, defenseman Seth Jones, and goaltenders Elvis Merzlikins and Joonas Korpisalo. Fun!

Prior to this announcement, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth after this tweet by Pierre LeBrun:

Aaron Portzline, who just yesterday mentioned that PLD had been working out in Columbus, followed up with this:

Here we go again, right?

We finally got some clarification from David Pagnotta. Apparently Dubois’ side won out:

From the horse’s mouth:

What do you think of this contract? Are you excited for camp to start now? I’ve been saying all off-season that Dubois would get his deal done right before camp. This is in line with Werenski, who has the same agent and signed three days before camp in 2019. It’s also a reminder that it’s wise not to panic until the bad thing actually happens.

(Yes, I was already mentally outlining an article criticizing the front office for not signing Dubois by the start of camp, just in case)

Enjoy the long weekend, and be sure to check back next week for our season preview coverage!