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Two Views On The Jonathan Drouin Trade

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

He might even turn out to be a very good player.

But it won't be for the Lightning.

And that's fine.

Au revoir, Jonathan, and don't let the Zamboni door hit you on the way out of town. Then again, if the Zamboni door is in the defensive end, there's no chance Drouin will be anywhere near it....

The Lightning traded an often moody, sometimes selfish, occasionally petulant, one-dimensional, streaky player for one who has a chance to become a top-pair defenseman — the rarest of NHL commodities and something the Lightning needs more than anything in this world.

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from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Bay Times,

I don't remember Yzerman making many bad deals on his Lightning watch. But this one has mistake potential. Sergachev is a great prospect. But Drouin is already more than that.

Yes, Drouin could be a child. He got lost in his game sometimes, and he made mistakes. And I'm sure he wasn't willing to cut the Lightning a team-friendly deal — too much history.

But people who can make goals and have a genius for creating them for others are a rare commodity in this league, as rare as puck-moving defenseman, maybe more so when the commodity is as talented as Drouin.

Circle those Lightning-Canadiens games on the schedule when it comes out next week.

A haunting we will go?

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Tampa is an interesting situation.  They would have been my guess to win the ECF going into this past season and they got there in 2016 without Stamkos.  Now they’re really backsliding all of a sudden and giving up some good players as a result of Stamkos staying.  Even if Sergachev pans out, he’s 18.  He’s probably a few years away from being the type of guy they need unless he has some insanely quick development.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/16/17 at 07:56 AM ET

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“Then again, if the Zamboni door is in the defensive end, there’s no chance Drouin will be anywhere near it….”

Whelp!

Posted by Primis on 06/16/17 at 08:38 AM ET

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I know what Fellelly is saying, but the Lightning didn’t have a choice but to get rid of someone due to the Cap to make room for others who are going to be getting a raise. 

If you have to make a trade, who better to trade away than the guy who had demanded a trade last year.  And the guy who decided he wouldn’t skate for Syracuse because he “was afraid he would get injured and not be tradeable.”

Posted by TreKronor on 06/16/17 at 09:07 AM ET

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My fault on Fennelly spelling, I had it as Fellelly, now corrected.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/16/17 at 09:09 AM ET

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Not only for cap reasons, they now can protect another forward in the expansion draft. That is huge!

Posted by Puckbubba on 06/16/17 at 11:16 AM ET

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It’s poor thought process to look at this trade without examining the salary cap ramifications. The main asset that Tampa got back in the deal was extra salary cap space and a roster spot to retain their other players.

It’s the nature of the beast. A successful team cannot keep all its players in the salary cap era. The expansion draft adds another wrinkle. This move by Tampa seems pretty smart.

Posted by evileye on 06/16/17 at 11:57 AM ET

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You’d think there’d be a bigger Fleury of trades right now for the same exact reason.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/16/17 at 12:36 PM ET

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