Pierre-Luc Dubois looks pretty, pretty good in a Winnipeg Jets jersey

[Eric Albrecht/Dispatch]
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After months of speculation, rumors, and very ill-timed benchings, Pierre-Luc Dubois is finally free of the Columbus Blue Jackets and can once and for all call the Winnipeg Jets home… at least until his contract expires at the end of 2021-22 or he decides to request a trade again.

Is it a good move? Does PLD make Paul Maurice’s squad that much better? Or at least better than Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic would have if they stuck around?

And what about the immediate future? Sure, the Jets are playing surprisingly well without PLD, Laine, and Roslovic – as they turned in an absolute barn burner in a 3-4 loss to the Edmonton Oilers thanks to a last-second (literally) goal by Leon Draisaitl – but can they keep that up for the next five games if Pubois has to serve out his full 14-day quarantine?

If the Jets fall to 5-6 in PLD’s absence, that’ll be a whole lot harder to overcome in an air-tight North Division.

But hey, let’s not talk about that now. Let’s instead talk about Pierre-Luc Dubois making his debut in a Winnipeg Jets jersey and how darn happy he looks to be anywhere but Columbus.

The Winnipeg Jets have a happy camper in Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Now before you ask, yes, technically, this picture of Pierre-Luc Dubois in a Winnipeg Jets jersey is 100 percent photoshopped, as the team fully admitted to the fact that the 22-year-old Quebecer is still in quarantine, but it’s pretty nice to see what the team will be getting in a few short weeks.

Would you like to know what else is nice? Seeing Dubois genuinely excited to talk to reporters during his media availability with the Jets – as evidenced by the massive smile on his face that practically jumps off the zoom screen.

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Will Pierre-Luc Debois eventually go down as an all-timer, or will he join Patrik Laine in demanding a trade after a few months with the organization? Only time will tell, but for now, it’s genuinely exciting to see PLD happy to be a member of the Winnipeg Jets, even if he’s yet to actually take the ice for the team – or, ya know, actually put on their jersey.