After the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Carolina Hurricanes, Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella speaks of his decision not to play Patrik Laine passed the 6:19 mark in the second period
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Only four games in his tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets, winger Patrik Laine appears to have landed in John Tortorella’s kennel

Laine was used for the third time in Monday’s 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes after driving 11:14 in the first two frames. After the game, Tortorella was asked about his decision to seed the young star / p>

“This will stay in the house,” Tortorella told reporters. “It wasn’t because of the missed assignment. There are a number of things that come into play with that. That stays in the dressing room. It’s what I have to do Honestly , that’s the last thing I want to do, but when I think I have to, I have to “

On Jan 21, ex-Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois was benched in the first phase of Tortorella after only 3:55 Ice Age against Tampa Bay

“It’s up to the player to show me,” Tortorella then said to Dubois. “If you play right, you’ll get out of there”

Tortorella’s hint of a “missed assignment” was not immediately clear. Blue Jackets defender Dean Kukan was also appointed for the third time

Dubois’ interest in trading was already public by this point. Two days after the bank, Dubois and Jack Roslovic were sent to the Winnipeg Jets, with Laine returning in the other direction

And after scoring three goals in his first three games with Columbus, Laine spent a sizable portion of Game 4 on the bench

“I’m sure (Laine) and I’ll take and I know I know again that you think it’s a big deal,” said Tortorella. “I think it’s part of a process to understand our team concept, how we do things here, the discipline to be a professional, all of that comes into play

“I’m still learning – we have six or seven new players here that we’re trying to filter into a standard of game and culture that I’m damn proud of, like we’ve done the last three – four years of me take pride in the way we present ourselves and it has been a bit difficult to get that standard this year and something happens when trying to get everyone there

“Through hell or the floods, I’ll try to find a way to get us into this tightness with lots of new bodies coming in here and understanding the standard and culture we want here”

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