It was a big story last week that caught everybody by surprise.
NHL insider Pierre LeBrun reported that forward Pierre-Luc Dubois had requested a trade out of Columbus and would not be showing up to camp.
As an RFA he had no obligation to show up to camp.
However then about two hours after the news broke, Dubois signed a two year deal with the Blue Jackets.
Some believed it meant Dubois was ready to go as he signed a team friendly deal, however LeBrun reported that he just simply signed a quick deal so he could get traded as soon as possible.
With training camp opening on Sunday, Blue Jackets' head coach John Tortorella confirmed that Dubois has requested a trade.
Tortorella added that Dubois will be treated the same way Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky were when they were on expiring contracts.
They'll expect Dubois to play out his contract if they can't find a trade they like.
#CBJ coach John Tortorella says Pierre-Luc Dubois’ desire for a trade will be handled similarly, in one respect, to how Bobrovsky / Panarin played out two seasons ago. They’ll confront it as a group and deal with it out in the open, he said.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) January 3, 2021