Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella admitted his relationship with forward Pierre-Luc Dubois was stormy to say the least before the trade sending the Quebecer to the Winnipeg Jets last Saturday.
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In the hours preceding the transaction that notably brought Patrik Laine to Ohio, the obvious disagreement between Dubois and his instructor drew the attention of observers. During the 22-year-old hockey player’s last game with the Jackets on Thursday, Tortorella benched him for more than two periods, visibly dissatisfied with the effort put in.
In an interview with the Sportsnet network, the experienced pilot did not slip away. Already, the instructor was well aware of the intentions of the third overall pick in the 2016 draft. He had asked to go to other skies even after signing a two-year, $ 10 million contract in December.
“Did we have a conflict, him and I?” Certainly we had one, said the coach bluntly in this interview, a few written extracts of which were broadcast on the channel’s website Wednesday morning. If someone doesn’t want to be here, that’s a hard thing for me to accept, honestly. ”
This season, Dubois has scored one goal in five games and in his last meeting, he spent less than four minutes on the ice. His former boss behind the bench was clear as to the reasons for his low use.
“I’ll tell you this: I think that among the athletes of today, he is a docile player,” said Tortorella. And in terms of leaving him on the bench, I would do it again. “
Also, some wonder about the personality of the instructor who has often been talked about for his mood swings. However, he refuses to give himself the label of a man known to challenge his troops.
“A lot of people with a perception of me have no idea what I am.”
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