COLUMBUS, Ohio — Blue Jackets players weren’t going to lambaste Pierre-Luc Dubois on his way out of town Saturday, but you can safely bet a few of his former teammates would have helped him pack for Winnipeg.

Asking for a trade is one thing. A trade request, like a contract impasse, will rarely draw the ire of a fellow NHL player because the business side of the sport is something each player figures he’ll confront at some point in his career.

But when Dubois’ frustration spilled into his on-ice performance — you couldn’t watch him play without wondering if he was trying to force a trade — that’s when the situation for all parties became untenable.

Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella had no choice but to discipline Dubois after his totally disinterested shift late in the first period of Thursday’s game versus Tampa Bay.

And when Tortorella kept Dubois on the bench for the rest of the game…



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