Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella put Pierre-Luc Dubois at the center of their 3-2 loss in overtime at Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, and the disgruntled star did not see the ice again after the first period.
Dubois went to the bench with 4:36 left in the starting period after an unstable substitution that drew criticism from the local Jackets broadcast.
“I really don’t make decisions for minutes. It’s up to the player to show it to me. You will go out there if you play the right way. The burden is on the player,” Tortorella said after the match, declining to go into details about the bench. “And that’s for all the players – not just the player sitting down. I̵
Dubois, 22, signed a two-year, $ 10 million contract extension before the training camp, while seeking trade outside Columbus.
As the player and his general manager Jarmo Kekalainen danced around the topic at the training camp, Tortorella confirmed that Dubois “wants to go out” in a recent interview for 97.1 The Fan.
“He hasn’t given a reason why he wants to leave. He has to get in the way. That’s the way I think you have to run your business and be the best team you can be,” he said. the coach.
Dubois led the Jackets with 49 points in 70 games last season before a stellar playoff performance with 10 points in 10 games. Overall No. 3 for 2016, Dubois has 159 points in 238 career games.
This is the second time Tortorella has placed Dubois this week as he kept him off the ice for much of the second period in a game against Detroit on Monday. Tortorella rejected the idea that Dubois was placed in this game, saying “you’ll find out when I’m on the bench” player.
“I told you,” Tortorella said as Dubois sat down on Thursday.
Dubois is the newest Columbus player to decide he wants to move out of the franchise. Stars Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky left the Jackets as free agents in 2019, after clarifying their intentions to their teammates before that.
Both Tortorella and team captain Nick Foligno mentioned that this is not the first time the team has encountered a player in their locker room who wants to leave.
“My priority is the team. Luke is part of that and we had these conversations behind closed doors. I can’t worry about who isn’t (playing) and who is. It’s the coach’s decision. My job is just to play with the boys who are there, “said Foligno.
Tortorella denied that Dubois was under additional control this season.
“I’ve been training Luke this way for several years, trying to get him to grow a bit in his game and grow like a pro. Nothing changes here. There’s more light on that and I understand why, guys, you have to ask questions. But you ask the wrong person. I’m just the coach. I’m trying to get him to work with a hockey club, to try to win games. The person you’re talking about, you have to ask him. “
Dubois refused to have access to the media after the match, but could speak after training on Friday, according to the Blue Jackets.
Columbus faces Tampa Bay again on Saturday.