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If Columbus trades Pierre-Luc Dubois, Florida Panthers should be in mix

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Columbus Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois controls the puck against Florida’s Brett Connolly (10) and Aaron Ekblad in a game at Nationwide Arena on Feb. 4, 2020. // Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire

Columbus center Pierre-Luc Dubois has made it clear he wants out of central Ohio. The Florida Panthers would have obvious interest in bringing him to Sunrise.

The cost would be pretty big, sure, but the return could be huge.

Dubois, just 22, has emerged as one of the better two-way centers in the NHL since the Blue Jackets surprisingly took him with the third overall pick in 2016.

In three seasons with the Jackets, he has scored 20 goals twice — and was close last year before things were called to a halt.

Bringing him to Florida would give the Panthers a 1-2 punch at center most teams in the NHL would be envious of.

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