Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Montreal Canadiens Reportedly Pursuing Drouin

Is it true? And if so, what are the Habs willing to give in return for a highly coveted, highly skilled albeit struggling talent like recently dog-housed Jonathan Drouin? Here's one idea from Pro Hockey Talk's Joe Yerdon:

A better question might be, what does Tampa Bay need? And how much would they be willing to take from a Division rival like Montreal?

Let's be honest. This is one of those things that's going to be fun to talk about for a month, probably more, but right now, NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT HOW THIS IS GOING TO END UP.

But one thing we can all be sure of is that Drouin will not play for the Lightning again. This situation is in no way similar to what we're witnessing with Travis Hamonic in New York, where the Islanders defenseman has personal needs and no timetable--in addition to being a massively important and effective player. What we have in the case of Drouin is an injury riddled, unhappy player who has teamed with his agent to say "Get me out of here."

Montreal likely does have strong interest in him, along with several other clubs. And interest will only heighten if Drouin puts his nose to the grindstone and starts to put up numbers in Syracuse.

Drouin will certainly be dealt. The bigger question is, when, and for what? Surely Lightning G.M. is in an unenviable position right now, but if things go well--if Drouin proves he's healthy at Syracuse and starts to dominate there--Yzerman and Tampa could see things turn in their favor. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. Scouts, fans and NHL brass have been drooling over Drouin for a while now, it's a shame he hasn't been able to find a home in Tampa. Here's to hoping that he finds one somewhere else, and this drama is all behind us pretty soon.