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Pierre Luc Dubois trade may have been forced by Oilers Cup Final comeback


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Sam Jones
June 22, 2024  (7:24)
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Pierre-Luc Dubois' Oilers Cup Final comeback may have forced him to be traded
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In a notable shift within the NHL landscape, the Los Angeles Kings recently maneuvered out of Pierre-Luc Dubois' burdensome contract by trading him to the Washington Capitals in exchange for goalie Darcy Kuemper.

This trade appears to have been significantly influenced by the Edmonton Oilers' dramatic performance in the Stanley Cup finals, heightening the urgency for the Kings to act before Dubois turned 26a critical age for contract buyouts to remain cost-effective.
The Oilers' resilience in extending their series against the Florida Panthers tightened the timeframe for the Kings. With each Oilers victory, the possibility of a cheaper buyout for Dubois dwindled. As one commentator noted:
Now that the Oilers/Panthers series is going longer, the margins are getting slimmer. A Florida win in Game 6 would've just barely allowed the Kings to execute a cheap Dubois buyout. Game 7? No dice. - OilersNation
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Dubois, whose performance starkly declined after signing an eight-year deal worth $8.5 million annually, scored a mere 16 goals and accumulated only 40 points in 82 games with the Kings. His underwhelming output contrasted sharply with the expectations set by his hefty contract, leading to widespread speculation about his commitment to the sport.
The Capitals are now betting on Dubois to reverse his fortunes and justify their investment. They are banking on him rediscovering his form as a potentially elite two-way center, a valuable asset in the league. The coming season will be crucial for Dubois to demonstrate he can enhance his game and shed the growing perception of being a player who coasted after securing a significant contract.
As the Capitals and Dubois prepare for the next NHL season, the hockey community will be watching closely. Should Dubois fail to elevate his performance, he risks solidifying a negative reputation that could haunt his career. This trade not only reshapes the Capitals' roster but also serves as a pivotal moment for Dubois to prove his critics wrong and reclaim his stature in the NHL.
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