Tampa Bay Lightning sending star Drouin to Montreal

Tampa Bay Lightning sending star Drouin to Montreal

Drouin hails from Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., and played his midget hockey on the island of Montreal for the Lac St. Louis Lions.

This, of course, is much different.

The Tampa Bay Lightning traded forward Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. However, it may take a couple years for Sergachev to realize his full potential, while Drouin was just starting to come into his own. They have some great players and they have a great coaching staff and management.

The Canadiens have apparently made signing Drouin a priority.

Hurricanes: Carolina and forward Teuvo Teravainen have agreed to terms for a two-year deal worth more than $5.7 million. And this nearly certainly means the end of the line in Montreal for Galchenyuk, who is "actively being shopped", according to a source. Montreal also receives a condition 2018 sixth-round pick. "It's very hard to find players of that caliber and a prospect of that caliber, they're hard to acquire". The fact that he grew up about an hour outside of Montreal and understands the pressure of playing in that market will also serve him well. Drouin returned and proved himself, quieting the naysayers with a fantastic playoff run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final and his best regular season yet, answering any questions about how he'll handle playing in his hometown.

And again, it all comes back to risk. He was the Canadiens ninth-overall pick in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Sergachev is exempt and this means that they can protect someone who previously would have likely been picked up by Vegas. "When I got drafted by the Habs, I was a big fan of them and I played for them".

"We watched him play in juniors, we watched him in his draft year, I watched him play this year in the Memorial Cup again", Yzerman said Thursday. His controlled exit success rate is just one-percent off McEneny's team leading 93.75%, but Sergachev is far more effective because he makes far more exit attempts with control (80.5%) than anyone else (second highest: 70.5%).

And the defense corps is where the biggest risk for the Canadiens lies. Even more likely though is that Bergevin isn't finished wheeling and dealing yet, meaning he likely has a few more deals in the works through the days leading up to the draft.

But clearly the Canadiens have to supplement their roster here. They'll be trying to sign goalie Carey Price to a contract extension this summer in the hopes of avoiding a season-long soap opera à la Steven Stamkos.

This trade was favorable for both teams as Montreal was desperate for scoring up front and Tampa Bay was in need of a young defenseman.

"We think he has a very bright future", said Yzerman.

While it wasn't the central goal of the deal, by trading Drouin Tampa Bay can protect an extra forward in the expansion draft and has more salary-cap space moving forward with other players in need of new deals.

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