Drouin trade talks appear to be heating up
There's a lot of smoke surrounding the potential trade of Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin.
While nothing appears imminent, there seems to be some momentum, with TVA's Renaud Lavoie reporting it could come in the next 24 hours. GM Steve Yzerman has been content to take his time with this one, hoping to get "equal" value in return for the No.3 overall pick in 2013. But remember Yzerman has had since November, when Drouin first made his trade request, to start working on this, not just since it became public last week.
The Blues are thought by many to be a top candidate, and considering how often Yzerman and assistant GM Pat Verbeek have attended St. Louis games, that's no surprise. But the Blues aren't the only team who have shown interest, with the Ducks, Predators and Wild among the others. it'd seem likely the Lightning would prefer to trade Drouin to the Western Conference, not having to face him several times a year.
Yzerman seems to be patient, willing to consider all his options. Even though Drouin requested a trade back in November, making it public last week, he's said he's only going to make a deal if it's the right move for the organization. While it's unclear whether the Lightning can get fair value for Drouin, there aren't any shortage of teams trying to pry him away.
With the Lightning's limited cap space, it would like a package involving another young player under contract for some time. That is, unless this is a multi-player swap that involves money going the other away (like Matt Carle's $5.5 million cap hit). If you're looking at young players coming the other way, the Blues have a right-shot defenseman in Colton Parayko, 22, a 6-foot-6 bluelliner with six goals and 11 assists, a plus 13. There's also forward Robby Fabbri, 19.
The Predators, even with trading Seth Jones, still have depth on defense. And the Ducks, also desperate for offense, have an intriguing young defenseman in Sami Vatanen, 24.