Jonathan Drouin trade: What Lightning fans are saying
"I have been watching (Jonathan) Drouin ever since he showed up in Tampa, and I've always been waiting for his 'big breakout.' I always thought he was going to be one of the greatest players to watch in the league. And I still think that. My original thought (about the trade) was 'Oh no.' But my second thought was 'It was definitely coming.' There didn't seem to ever be the right fit for Drouin, and I don't know why. … My heart is very sad to see Jo go. … I know nothing of (Mikhail) Sergachev, but there is no doubt (the Lightning needs) some help at the defensive position."
Chris Brubaker, Tampa, season-ticket holder since 2010
"My first impression of the trade was that maybe there wasn't the market for Drouin that most of us thought there would be. Thought that the Lightning would trade him to a Western Conference team, to Anaheim or Nashville for a defenseman made the most sense to me."
Jay Lauscher, Dade City
"I've never been one of the 'In Yzerman We Trust' people. That's not to say I don't like (GM Steve Yzerman). I'm just not blindly accepting that everything he does is the greatest thing ever. Simply, I don't like the trade. Jonathan is such a dynamic player, he demands respect from the opposition. … Everybody knows Tampa needs D, but it needs defense NOW, not a prospect."
"I believe the fans will have to wait a full season to see the turnout of this trade. I think cap-space-wise it was a great deal. Everyone should trust in the Yzerplan. I believe in the long run, with Drouin's past in this organization, it will turn out for the best."
"Jo was my favorite Bolt. While I was initially heartbroken when I heard about the trade, I had time … to compartmentalize everything. I honestly think it was a good move for a few reasons. (One is) we did need a younger (Victor) Hedman-style defenseman who can score and defend. What research I've done on (Sergachev), he seems to have the ability to be that guy."
"The Lightning needed a top 4 D-man more than anything. With the tight salary cap, (Tyler) Johnson/(Ondrej) Palat facing free agency and the expansion draft, something needed to be done. Personally, I would keep Johnson and Palat over Drouin, so I agree with the move. … In the end, I've learned to put complete faith in Mr. Yzerman."
When I first saw the trade I was shocked because I thought there's no way they would trade Drouin in the division but after seeing the return I totally understood why they made the decision. He's going to be terrible to play against I feel like he's going to have a goal and assist just about every time we matchup. With his 6 year deal and the playoff format odds are we will see him t least once in the postseason so we better win that matchup. I learned to not doubt Stevey Y after I was totally against the Conacher/Bishop deal so he has my total trust now. We are going to be loaded with young Russians which will be fun to watch. Hoped for the best with Drouin but hopefully Tampa can shut down the Habs in the upcoming years!
The more I look at it the more I like it. Adds another young talented D guy that we need. Plus how many 5'8 forwards does a team need? This will allow them to protect guys in the expansion draft and resign Johnson and Palat who are more valuable and throw less temper tantrums than Drouin did.
I heard about this trade a few minutes before to he'd to my bed (French time). I understand that this is a business and that we received a very good "Prospect " D in return but the thing is that I deeply know that Drouin has everything to become a super star for the CH. Skilled forward able to break any NHL defense are not very common! I also know that he will soon be name team captain (French Canadian playing for the CH) and he will come back to hurt us. Hard to swallow but understandable!
Nick from France
I am very happy with Drouin coming to Montreal as I live in Montreal and now I can watch him play every game. He could by the top French Quebecer to play for Montreal since Patrick Roy and top Quebec born forward to play for Montreal since Guy Lafleur said Drouin's junior coach Bobby Smith. It will be interesting to hear what everyone else on TSN690 has to say about this deal. I am sure most Habs fans will love this trade as Drouin has the talent and potential to be a point a game player and a dynamic electrifying player. I hope so as I am a huge fan of Drouin. I am happy he will be playing his best prime years with Montreal and could be among the greatest players in Montreal Canadiens history and a future hall of famer if he lives up to his potential. I hope both Drouin and Sergachev have wonderful long careers for their new teams.
I am from Montreal but I've lived in Sarasota for 25 years. I was a diehard Canadiens fan all my life … used to have tickets right behind the Canadians bench in the old Forum … and I've been a diehard Bolts fan for the last 15 years. If Drouin was older then I might be OK with the trade but at 22 years old and the way he blossomed during this past season I think it's a horrible trade … the Young Russian might have great potential but that's all it is at this point, potential … you don't trade a superstar in the making for potential. I understand that somebody had to go with the expansion draft etc. coming up but I would've kept him all day long versus Pilat or Killorn. I still think this goes back to some bad feelings from what happened last year. The Canadians just got a player that could be the most exciting player in Montreal Since Guy Lafleur and that was a long time ago. I hope in a year or two I can say that I regret sentiments I feel now but I think this was a terrible trade.
The trade doesn't break my heart. I know he's a gifted player and fun to watch, but I could never fall in love with him after his insistence on a trade and his refusal to play for the Crunch.
Michelle Thresher Taylor
Actually very excited about this trade. Drouin is a great talent, but I feel he's the type of player you don't see on cup winning teams. More a fringe player that doesn't want to battle. I think Sergachev is going to pay big dividends in a few years.