The GIST: The all-Canadian North Division has proven to be just as exciting as we’d hoped (hey commish, can we keep it forever?), and thanks to a hyped-up weekend trade, even the off-ice antics are interesting.
The trade: Patrik Laine (pronounced LIE-NAY) was a superstar and fan favorite with the Winnipeg Jets since being drafted second overall in 2016. But despite helping the team make the playoffs for the past three seasons, the 22-year-old had yet to graduate to the . Getting restless, he wanted a .
- Enter Pierre-Luc Dubois. Similarly unhappy with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dubois has been , and Columbus head coach John Tortorella was to get rid of him. Hence the swap. Laine’s heading to Columbus, leaving big skates in Winnipeg for Dubois to fill.
- Dubois promises to be a great addition to the Jets’ line-up, though with the , we might not see him in action for a couple of weeks.
The rest of the North: Elsewhere, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens are duking it out for the . The Leafs have won five of seven games, while the Habs are hanging on to first place without a single regulation loss (though they’ve lost twice in overtime).
- And those standings won’t change today, with just one tilt on the NHL schedule tonight: the sixth-placed Vancouver Canucks play the seventh-placed Ottawa Senators at 10 p.m. ET. Past our bedtimes.