There is no longer any doubt: Quebecer Pierre-Luc Dubois has asked general manager Jarmo Kekalainen for a transaction and he no longer wants to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Everything seemed to be the case, but head coach John Tortorella made unequivocal remarks on Wednesday during an interview on “Rothman & ice” on radio station 97.1 The Fan. .
“He wants to leave,” Tortorella said. He didn’t give a reason. He should be more honest. He needs to keep doing the things that are going to help this team win and be the best possible teammate. Otherwise, I don’t know where we’re going. It’s a situation and we will manage it on a day-to-day basis. ”
Dubois made headlines in December when The Athletic website launched that the 22-year-old wanted a change of scenery. However, a few hours later, he accepted a two-year contract worth $ 10 million.
This pact did not, however, change the will of the principal concerned. The Sportsnet network had also indicated on Tuesday that the Montreal Canadiens were on the long list of teams that contacted the Jackets to inquire about Dubois’ situation.
Selected in the first round (third overall) of the 2016 draft by the Blue Jackets, Dubois will begin the fourth season of his career in the National Hockey League (NHL). In 234 games on the Bettman circuit, Dubois amassed 158 points. Last season, he collected 49 points in 70 games.