No deadline deals for Lightning; Drouin still waiting
The NHL trade deadline came and went with no deals by the Lightning.
That means suspended wing Jonathan Drouin remains in limbo, though he isn't expected to return to AHL Syracuse or Tampa Bay.
Yzerman had said he preferred to trade Drouin "sooner than later," but only if it was the right deal. Yzerman had to find an offer at deadline that would help the team "now" and for the playoffs. There was plenty of interest, and offers. But Yzerman could wait until June's draft.
TSN analyst Craig Button thinks Drouin's value could go up by the draft as there will be more disappointed teams who missed the playoffs looking for change.
Drouin can also be traded the rest of the season, but he wouldn't be eligible for the playoffs. He's been at home in Montreal working out on his own since walking away from AHL Syracuse Jan. 20.
Yzerman had said he hoped to address the power play by the deadline, but must not have found the right fit - or price. Only six deals were made today around the league, so there wasn't a lot of action.
The Lightning (36-22-4) has won six in a row and will face the Maple Leafs in Toronto tonight. Coach JOn Cooper said Sunday he's comfortable with thsi group if the team stood pat.
"We're coming into our own," Cooper said. "I don't think anybody on this team is sitting there on pins and needles thinking they are going to get moved. This is our group, and we've gone far in the past with this group, and we feel like we can do the same thing in the future."