Since the January 23 trade between the Winnipeg Jets and Columbus Blue Jackets, two of the three players involved have skated with their new teams. Those two players were former Jets forwards Jack Roslovic and Patrik Laine.
A Columbus, Ohio resident who had been holding out for a new contract, Roslovic did not need to worry about Visa issues, travel arrangements or long-lasting quarantine periods. He signed his two-year contract and began his 48-hour self-isolation almost immediately after news broke of the blockbuster deal.
Laine and Pierre-Luc Dubois on the other hand, were forced to sort out travel arrangements, work Visas and then begin longer quarantine periods as cross-border travel was required for both situations. Despite being a Canadian citizen, Dubois needed to fulfill a mandatory 14-day quarantine period. While Laine only needed to quarantine for five days.
Laine had a rough go of things in his debut with Columbus, finishing as a -2 with no points and two penalty minutes. But the talented Finn did score in his second contest with the team on Thursday. Sunday’s game against Carolina saw Laine pump two goals past James Reimer, including a power play one-timer from his spot inside the offensive zone circle. Now up to three goals in three games, Laine has seemingly found his groove with the Blue Jackets and head coach John Tortorella.
Roslovic, much like Laine, started off slow with his new club. Whether it was the hype of the finally suiting up for the team he idolized since his pre-teen years, or the lack of playing time since the summer’s postseason… Roslovic went without a point in his first two games, before exploding for six points over his past four games. In scoring against Dallas on Thursday, the 24-year-old is up to one goal and six points in six total games.
On the other side of things, Winnipeg’s return, Pierre-Luc Dubois has now skated three times as a member of the Jets. Once on his own in a voluntary manner, before skating with teammates in formal practices on both Sunday and Monday. He is expected to join Winnipeg’s lineup on Tuesday in Calgary for the team’s fourth-straight battle against the Flames. Puck drop from Scotiabank Saddledome is set for 9:00 PM central. The game can be viewed live on TSN.