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Pierre-Luc Dubois' New Coach Officially Calls Him Out For Lacking Effort


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Tom Banks
January 23, 2024  (5:39 PM)
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Pierre-Luc Dubois of the Los Angeles Kings.
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Pierre-Luc Dubois has long been an intriguing NHL player, as he has struggled to make it work in both Columbus and Winnipeg, but now he's on his third team, and it's becoming very, very clear who the problem is.

PLD gets called out by his Head Coach

For the entirety of his career, there's been questions around the will, the desire and the effort of Dubois, and while talent has got him by this far, it appears his new Coach is finding him frustrating.
Asked Todd McLellan what he's seeing from PL Dubois without the puck:

«At the end of the day whether PL gets four minutes or gets 24 minutes he has to be a difference maker. And with or without the puck we've gone through this long enough it's time.»
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The struggles continue for the star forward

This past summer, the Kings gave up a haul, with the trio of Rasmus Kupari, Alex Iafallo and Gabe Vilardi heading to Winnipeg in the deal, and after posting just 19 points in 44 games, it's safe to say that the Kings may regret the deal.
It's certainly tough to blame all of the Kings recent struggles on Dubois, but they believed in the trade they were getting a top-six player that could be a major difference maker, and Kings fans seem fed up.
Sorry, PL apologists, but PL Dubois can't blame having bad linemates on only having 2 power play points halfway through the season.

Last I checked, every offensive talent we have plays on the power play.

#GoKingsGo

Dubois is locked in for the next seven years with a cap hit of $8.5 million per year, so there's time to turn things around, but for now, it's not looking good with Dubois.
As Read on House of Hockey - Kings Head Coach Has Gone Through Enough With Pierre-Luc Dubois
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