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Two Views On The Jonathan Drouin Trade

06/16/2017 at 8:29am EDT

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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