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TORTORELLA ON DUBOIS' TRADE REQUEST: 'HE WANTS OUT'

A little over two weeks after Pierre-Luc Dubois re-signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, head coach John Tortorella joined the "Rothman and Ice" radio show to discuss the the upcoming season. But as expected, the rumours of Dubois' trade request came up.

"Yeah, he wants out," Tortorella told 'Rothman and Ice' on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus. "He spoke to the team, as we do here. It's a little bit different than Panarin and Bobrovsky here. This is a 22-year-old kid. It doesn't happen that often, so he has been honest with the group. I wish he was a little bit more honest as far as reasons why. I still haven't really gotten to that, but I think he needs to speak on that. I won't."

"[Dubois] has had a good camp, but it's a short leash with me as far as this is concerned," Tortorella said. "He needs to continue to do the things to help this team win and be the best teammate he can be, or I'm not sure where it goes. It's a situation and we'll go to it day by day."

While Tortorella said he didn't know why Dubois wants to be traded, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman has stated that Dubois told teammates he wants "a bigger stage" than the one he currently has in Ohio.

Dubois, 22, was drafted in the first round, third overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 234 regular season games, he has 158 points (65 G, 93 A), 162 penalty minutes, and is a +22. In 26 career playoff games, he's tallied 19 points (8 G, 11 A), 24 penalty minutes, and is a -2.

Internationally, Dubois has represented Canada on several occasions, most recently at the 2019 IIHF World Hockey Championships. In 8 games, he recorded 7 points (3 G, 4 A), 6 penalty minutes, and was a +10 as Canada took home Silver following a loss to Finland in the Gold Medal Game.

Source: TSN



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JANUARY 13, 2021  (22H55)