Drouin (suspension) has attracted interest from seven-to-12 teams, but a number have backed off following the forward's suspension, reports Sportsnet.caBolts' general manager Steve Yzerman is "actively and aggressvely" pursuing a deal, but clearly wants to make a hockey deal -- he'd not about to just trade Drouin because the 20-year-old wants to leave town. And Drouin's decision to essentially boycott the team appears to have driven a few teams back from a potential trade. Both St. Louis and Anaheim had been interested, but have stepped back. Drouin has six goals and 35 assists in 89 NHL games.
The Lightning have suspended Drouin indefinitely without pay for failing to report to Wednesday's game against AHL Toronto. Drouin is unhappy with his position in Tampa Bay's organization, and has already requested to be traded. His boycott of Wednesday's matchup with AHL Toronto is likely an effort to force a trade, although it remains to be seen if Tampa Bay will bite. The highly skilled 20-year-old forward's time with the Lightning appears to be approaching a messy conclusion.
Drouin is finding the AHL "a grind," reports Sportsnet.ca. The AHL game is more chaotic and not as conducive to creating skilled offense. "There's not that much space out there compared to the game upstairs or even in juniors," continued Drouin. "It's definitely a different atmosphere, a different game than up there." He has two goals in three games with the Syracuse Crunch while on this conditioning stint. But trade rumors continue to swirl. Just don't expect Drouin to get his wish quickly -- Bolts' general manager Steve Yzerman will only trade him if it's good for the team, not the player. The clock continues to tick.
Drouin is unhappy in Tampa Bay and wants to be traded, reports the Associated Press. The information comes a day after Drouin was demoted to the AHL, ostensibly on a rehab assignment. Drouin's agent Allan Wash released a statement Sunday revealing he formally requested a trade back in November, but the team hasn't complied. '"We have not said one word about this untenable situation publicly until today,'" Walsh said. "It's in everyone's best interests that Jonathan be allowed to move on and play hockey." There has been no comment yet from the team, but a move elsewhere may re-ignite his fantasy value. Drouin is the only top-10 player from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft to not be playing full-time in the NHL.
Drouin was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Saturday. Drouin returned to Tampa Bay's lineup Wednesday against the Rangers after missing the Lightning's previous eight games with a lower-body ailment, logging 10:51 of ice time and one shot on goal. His demotion on Saturday will allow the former first-round pick to see additional ice time with Tampa Bay's AHL affiliate, and likely signals the return of Ondrej Palat (ankle) to the Lightning's lineup. Drouin has notched eight points (two goals, six assists) in 19 games with Tampa Bay this season, and will likely get another opportunity with the big club one he's played himself back into game shape in the AHL.
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