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Garrioch: Drouin will be heading West

Among the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's trade notes:

The Lightning have been shopping winger Drouin since he made his request in November but GM Steve Yzerman isn't going to give him away which is why he's still in the Tampa organization. "He's an incomplete player but he's going to be a good player," said a league executive. "It's tough on a good team trying to break in young players. With a lesser team he may get more ice time but it doesn't happen that way."

Several Eastern Conference teams -- including Montreal, Ottawa, Buffalo, New Jersey and Boston -- have made calls to Yzerman to see what the asking price is for Drouin but those teams aren't getting much in the way of a response from the Tampa camp. That's because Yzerman has no interest whatsoever in trading Drouin to an Eastern opponent and would prefer he heads somewhere West because the Bolts are convinced he'll be a regular in this league. The Ducks, Blues, Flames and Canucks are all looking for help at forward so you have to think they are in on this deal in some way, shape or form.

The asking price is believed to be a similar player or prospect in return -- a top 10 pick or a legitimate top six forward or top four defenceman. The belief is the asking price from the Blues may be 19-year-old centre Robby Fabri and the deal could be even bigger than that. About 15 teams have called but the reality is only five or six have a realistic chance.

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