Lightning: Issue with Isles over Drouin hit 'put to bed'
Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin hasn't played since taking a hit to the head from Islanders' Calvin De haan Nov. 1 in Brooklyn.
And Drouin won't be in the lineup tonight against the Islanders at Amalie Arena.
But teammates say any issue they had over de Haan's hit won't linger into tonight's rematch at Amalie Arena. De Haan received a five-minute major for interference but no supplemental discipline from the league. Wing Ryan Callahan fought him right afterwards.
"It is what it is - it happened, I ended up fighting him right after," Callahan said. "And I think after that it gets put to bed pretty quickly."
De Haan, for his part, implied no ill intent on his hit, which came as Drouin was reaching for a 50-50 puck along the boards.
"I'm not a dirty player," De Haan told Newsday. I've never been suspended. I don't think I was ever suspended from school either. I hope (Drouin) is OK."
More from morning skate: Coach Jon Cooper said he hopes Drouin will return soon but doesn't want to rush him. Drouin has skated and worked out on his own. It's all about how he's feeling," Cooper said. "He wants to come back as much as anybody."... Though D Anton Stralman didn't practice Wednesday due to body maintenance, participate in Thursday's optional skate, he will play tonight.. D Nikita Nesterov will be scratched. G Andrei Vasilevskiy will start in net.