Thursday, February 25, 2016

Lavoie: Expect Drouin to be Dealt before Deadline

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman reiterated that his preference is to trade stagnant forward Jonathan Drouin before the NHL's trade deadline on Monday:

Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times Confirms:

"I definitely prefer to deal him sooner than later, it would be better for everyone," Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times Wednesday. "A lot of things factor into it when making the trade, a lot of things to consider here. But number one is, 'Can I do something involving Jonathan that benefits the team that makes us better right now that helps us for the playoffs? I'd certainly like to do that."

"We all have needs," Yzerman said. "If I could do something to help our power play, I'd like to do that. And that's going to be difficult to do."

Renaud Lavoie of TVA, speaking with Jeff Blair of Sportsnet on Thursday, says that there are as many as 12 to 15 teams still in the hunt for Drouin's services:

“I’ve been told there’s around 12 teams, and some are saying there’s 15 teams, looking at the possibility of trading for Jonathan Drouin,” Lavoie told Jeff Blair on Sportsnet The Fan 590 Thursday. "He's such a great kid, such a great person, and such a great player.

"I really do think that the team that is going to be able to trade for Jonathan Drouin is not going to regret, and they are going to forget easily what happened with him," he added. "He’s going to be traded by Monday."