Lightning asking price for Drouin 'really high'
If the Lightning does decide to trade wing Jonathan Drouin, there's apparently no shortage of potential takers.
Interest has been high in Drouin, 20, the former No. 3 overall pick in 2013, whose November trade request - made public Sunday - has been the talk of the hockey world.
The Rangers are reportedly "in big-time on this," according to the New York Post, which suggests offensively-inclined defenseman Keith Yandle, a pending UFA, as a potential piece. Canucks GM Jim Benning told TSN in Vancouver that he spoke with the Lightning about Drouin, as well as the Blue Jackets about Ryan Johansen, and the asking price was "really high."
“I’ve talked to both general managers about both players," Benning told the station. "The prices for both players are really high. From our perspective, maybe we don’t have the prospect depth at certain positions that they’re looking to fill to make those types of trades.”
The Lightning have just $2 million in cap space, according to generalfanager.com, so there's not a lot of room to add players even in trading Drouin, who makes around $900,000 in the NHL. That's why it's interesting Benning alluded to the fact Tampa Bay and Columbus are looking for prospects. If a team is willing to take on a contract like Matt Carle ($5.5 million through 2017-18), that could change things. Carle will be a healthy scratch again tonight against Calgary, but said the Lightning hasn't approached him about waiving his modified no-move clause.
Drouin, reassiged to AHL Syracuse Saturday, reported to Crunch practice today and didn't elaborate on his trade request, or his relationship with the Lightning and coach Jon Cooper. A Lightning PR rep told the media after the team's skate this morning that Cooper would not be discussing Drouin; he spoke on Drouin at length Monday.
Drouin is scheduled to play for the Crunch Friday in Albany. Whether he's still part of the Lightning organization remains to be seen.
The Lightning apparently is listening on Drouin, but isn't going to give him away, and rightfully so.