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Moving Jonathan Drouin

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Assuming Drouin is healthy and plays well in his three-in-three AHL sojourn, the best opportunity for Tampa to divest themselves of the unhappy player will occur in the next week. There is legitimate interest in him; the Lightning should get some legitimate offers. Ideally, both parties get what they’re after and move on. They both live happily ever after.

The Lightning won’t give him away just because he’s asked for a trade. They shouldn’t give him away; he could yet turn out to be an elite offensive player. But I would submit the maximum yield on Drouin is likely to be greater in the next week to 10 days than at the trade deadline or in the summer, unless you subscribe to the theory he’ll somehow enhance his trade value in that time because he’s suddenly going to play a lot more and/or a lot better for Tampa in the weeks and months to come than he has in the last year and change.

If so, that would be a rather stunning development.

One way or the other, I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

much more including some possible destinations...

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