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The Latest On Jonathan Drouin

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

No potential trade carries more intrigue than that of disgruntled Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin.

Will he move or not before Monday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline?

It's a question even Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman can't answer yet.

Speaking with Lightning beat reporters Erik Erlendsson and Joe Smith on Wednesday, Yzermann expressed that he'd rather get Drouin dealt before the deadline than wait until the offseason.

It wasn't meant to be headline-making material. It's just kind of the obvious conclusion, Yzerman told ESPN.com Thursday morning.

"We're close to the trade deadline, we're trying to make the playoffs, if I can trade him and put a player on my team and make us better, isn't that common sense?" Yzerman said over the phone.

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Paul's avatar

IMO, Drouin’s game is not complete, many defensive issues and don’t see a team in the hunt for the Stanley Cup taking a risk on a player with those issues.

He’d be better off with a team that is growing, not one that may depend on him for the stretch run.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/25/16 at 01:37 PM ET

motorcityhoff's avatar

IMO, Drouin’s game is not complete, many defensive issues and don’t see a team in the hunt for the Stanley Cup taking a risk on a player with those issues.

He’d be better off with a team that is growing, not one that may depend on him for the stretch run.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 02/25/16 at 01:37 PM ET

Especially considering the fact that he hasn’t skated in a game since early-to-mid January. His conditioning has to be shot.

Posted by motorcityhoff on 02/25/16 at 02:10 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Yzerman did exactly what he needed to:  let Drouin sit and realize that the market isn’t there for him that he thought.

Time is a’wasting… and Yzerman can afford to wait.  Drouin can’t.  I’m not sure he’s smart enough to realize this.  He’s never getting those games and that developmental time missed back.

Posted by Primis on 02/25/16 at 03:05 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

IMO, Drouin’s game is not complete, many defensive issues and don’t see a team in the hunt for the Stanley Cup taking a risk on a player with those issues.

Bingo Paul. Plus he is smaller, and where the Red Wings are concerned they have enough of those kind.  smile

Posted by bigfrog on 02/25/16 at 06:45 PM ET

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