Could Jonathan Drouin Land in Montreal?

About halfway through the 1st frame of the Canadiens vs Devils game, CTV’s Brian Wilde caused fans to go into a panic with this tweet:

Following Wilde’s Drouin bomb, Eric Engels of Sportsnet said this:







It was confirmed last week that Jonathan Drouin requested a trade out of Tampa Bay by his agent, Allan Walsh. It wasn’t that odd to hear that Drouin wanted out, especially since there have been numerous reports that Drouin and head coach Jon Cooper have butted heads. The majority of NHL teams were aware that Drouin was unhappy with his deployment. That being said, Allan Walsh coming out to the media about this significantly diminishes any return the Lightning could potentially receive for the left winger. As always, Habs fans were immediately coming up with different trade scenarios for what it would take to retrieve the Ste-Agathe native. Also, with the recent trades that have happened in the past couple of days, it isn’t that surprising that Marc Bergevin wouldn’t want to jump in given his team’s recent struggles. My biggest worry however, is that Bergevin will make a panic move and trade a valuable core player.

Jonathan Drouin is better than some give him credit for, especially with the little TOI he receives. Also note where Galchenyuk is.

Jonathan Drouin is better than some give him credit for, especially with the little TOI he receives. Also note where Galchenyuk is.

Bergevin needs to realize how Drouin’s value has decreased over the past week. Tampa Bay is dealing from a position of weakness, if Marc Bergevin is a smart GM, he will take advantage of this and give them something less than what the real market value is for the one-time top five draft choice. With this in mind, where Bergevin is dealing from a position of strength, he should offer less than market value which could start with something such as Jarred Tinordi and the rights to Martin Reway. If he isn’t keen on giving up a defenceman, he could open up a roster spot by placing Tomas Fleischmann on waivers seeing as his play has deteriorated as the season has progressed. This could lead to a deal involving some young players within the system such as Charles Hudon, Martin Reway or even Daniel Carr. 


Hopefully Bergevin summons his inner Sam Pollock and gives very little to get a lot.


What would you give up for Drouin? Let me know in the comment section. Be sure to follow me on twitter: @patrick__tallon

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