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"He shit his pants, he was puking, he did everything, so enough," Tortorella told reporters Tuesday ahead of the Blue Jackets' tilt with the Montreal Canadiens. "I was told he's sick, he's not eating, he's puking .... he's sick as a dog, yes he's very sick and that's why he's out."
Panarin is one of the most highly demanded players rumored to be available ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.
It didn't take long for Twitter to have some fun following Tortorella's scrum.
Heading into Tuesday's action, the Blue Jackets occupy the third seed in the Metropolitan Division and sit just one point clear of a playoff position.