By Eddy Jones
Today Jonathan Drouin’s agent, Allan Walsh, announced that he asked the Tampa Bay Lightning to trade his client back in November. Here is the statement from Walsh to TSN’s Bob McKenzie:
“On behalf of Jonathan Drouin, I formally requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning back in November. We have not said one word about this untenable situation publicly until today. It’s in everyone’s best interest that Jonathan be allowed to move on and play hockey. Let’s be clear, Jonathan loves playing for fans in Tampa, he loves his teammates and many people within the Lightning organization have treated him well. It was his sincere intention to play in Tampa for many years.”
It seemed like the situation in Tampa couldn’t get any more dramatic. A poor start combined with rumors of Steven Stamkos leaving for Toronto have plagued the team all season. Now to add to the spectacle, today several reports have come out suggesting Drouin wants out of Tampa Bay per his agent.
It certainly creates an interesting situation in Tampa Bay, whereby they are almost forced to trade the former 3rd overall draft pick from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Tampa Bay has a good young crop of forwards so moving him won’t be to difficult to handle. However, the expected return is up in the air. I would expect them to look for an addition which could improve the team immediately as well as a 2nd round pick.
Now where do the Anaheim Ducks come in? As we all know they’ve lacked scoring all year and currently sit dead last with an abysmal 1.84 goals per game. Drouin could be the piece they need to get over the hump and at a considerably lowered price due to the situation. He also plays left wing and could help fill that position on any of the Ducks’ lines.
Drouin has been injured three separate times this season. He missed 5 games in late October due to a lower body injury and then missed considerable time in November and December, 6 and 8 games respectively. He was also sent down to Syracuse on January 2nd and missed that game. In total he has missed 20 of Tampa Bay’s 39 games this season and only mustered 8 points (2-6) in the 19 games he’s appeared in. However, he is young and still has the potential to fulfill his lofty expectations. Drouin has played in 89 games over the last two seasons, recording goals 6 goals and 34 assists for 40 points. He appeared in six playoff games last year and didn’t record a point. I fully expect Bob Murray to be involved in discussions.
What do you think about the Ducks trying to get Drouin?
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