We know that Tampa Bay left winger Jonathan Drouin wants a trade – that has been made abundantly clear in recent days. But what is the value of the 20-year-old on the market? I surveyed a handful of NHL execs and posed this question: If Lightning GM Steve Yzerman called up and asked what he could get in exchange for Drouin, what would they offer? The answers may be a bit hard to swallow if you’re a Tampa fan.
The Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks struck a mini deal Thursday. Left winger Ryan Garbutt heads to the Ducks and left winger Jiri Sekac joins the Hawks.
The salary cap exchange is negligible. Sekac carries a $925,000 cap hit and is a restricted free agent this summer. Garbutt’s number is $900,000, as the Dallas Stars ate half his $1.8 million in the Patrick Sharp trade with Chicago. Garbutt has one season left on his deal.
Until now, it would have been fairly easy to sympathize with Jonathan Drouin in his spat with the Tampa Bay Lightning, even if you didn’t agree with his methods. He’s a very good young player who has been caught in an organization where he’s not able to play a regular role and he feels his development is being stunted. So he asked for a trade. No harm, no foul.
When Drouin has had the chance with the Lightning, he has proved to be a capable NHL player. His possession numbers are very good and you could certainly make the case that injuries and a lack of opportunity have not allowed Drouin to fully showcase himself for a sustained period of time. This is a player, after all, who had six points in the first five games of the season when he had an opportunity to play with top players and log 15 minutes a game in ice time. (Although it’s absurd to suggest that the Lightning has it in for him. If you ever encounter a coach who refuses to play players he thinks can help him win, I’d like to meet him. He does not exist.)
The John Scott drama is officially over.
It was controversial enough to see the 6-foot-8 enforcer voted into the 2016 All-Star Game as a captain by the fans. It was even more controversial to see Scott traded to the Montreal Canadiens and subsequently demoted to the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps.
Wherever people stood on Scott’s All-Star Game participation – from believing he made a mockery of the event by playing to being excited to see the big monster competing in the 3-on-3 tournament – most of us could agree the entire situation was an embarrassment for the NHL. Scott graciously chose to participate in the game and honor the fans who voted him in, and he and his wife Danielle are expecting twins, so it was a double slap in the face to see him removed from the All-Star Game by the trade and shipped off to Newfoundland shortly before his wife gives birth.
But the wrong has been righted. The NHL announced Tuesday Scott would still captain the Pacific Division squad despite no longer playing for the Arizona Coyotes and despite the fact playing in the AHL would typically make him ineligible for the All-Star Game. That means no Eastern Conference player will have his invite reneged, and it means Arizona’s Shane Doan and Oliver Ekman-Larsson remain uninvited.
The Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators have teamed up for a rare three-way trade that sees at least four players on the move.
In a series of trades Friday afternoon, the Canadiens have acquired Pacific Division All-Star Game captain John Scott and defenseman Victor Bartley from the Coyotes in exchange for defenseman, and 2010 first-round pick, Jarred Tinordi as well as winger Stefan Fournier. In the deal, the Predators have picked up defenseman Stefan Elliott, himself a 2009 second-rounder.
The breakdown goes as follows, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. First, Nashville and Arizona swapped defensemen, as Bartley headed to the Coyotes and Elliott to the Predators. Once that deal was complete, the Canadiens sent Tinordi and Fournier the desert in exchange for Scott and Bartley.
First thing’s first, though: what does this mean for the All-Star Game? Read more
Emerson Etem’s time as a New York Ranger has ended before even a full season has passed.
Friday afternoon the Rangers shipped Etem to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for winger Nicklas Jensen and a 2017 sixth-round pick. The deal comes the same day the Rangers had announced they would be shipping Etem to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack on a conditioning stint, and after TSN’s Bob McKenzie had reported earlier in the day that Etem may be on the move.
Etem, 23, was acquired by the Rangers in the off-season from the Anaheim Ducks along with a second-round pick in exchange for Carl Hagelin, second- and sixth-round picks. Etem hasn’t been able to find a regular spot in the Rangers’ lineup, though, and has suited up for only 19 of New York’s 40 games this season. Etem has been a healthy scratch 18 times this season, including eight of the Rangers’ first nine games. Read more
Jonathan Drouin, currently a member of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, does not want to play for the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning anymore. Agents don’t publish formal trade requests without their clients’ approval, so every word published in the release from Octagon’s Allan Walsh reflects a united front between him and Drouin.
The request is an intelligent strategic move by Drouin and Walsh. It casts more public scrutiny on Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, which could motivate him to rid himself of the situation sooner, i.e. mid-season, rather than later, i.e. the 2016 off-season. The request also acts as a honey pot to attract additional Drouin suitors, as there’s a big difference between “the media say Drouin might want out of Tampa” and “Drouin officially wants out of Tampa.”
I’ve already speculated on which destinations make most sense for Drouin, though Nashville and Columbus no longer apply. We can speculate further on whether Yzerman will “cave” or “hold his ground.” But perhaps the better question to ask right now is: what caused the rift between Drouin and the Lightning? Knowing the answer would offer a better clue as to whether the situation is reconcilable. With guidance from some sources close to the situation, THN offers a brief timeline of career roadblocks Drouin has experienced since the Bolts drafted him third overall in 2013.