Jonathan Drouin requests a trade

On behalf of Jonathan Drouin, I formally requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning back in November, Drouin’s agent, Allan Walsh, said in a statement released to media. We have not said one word about this untenable situation publicly until today. It’s in everyone’s best interests that Jonathan be allowed to move on and play hockey. Let’s be clear, Jonathan loves playing for the fans in Tampa, he loves his teammates and many people within the Lightning organization have treated him well. It was his sincere intention to play in Tampa for many years.

Drouin, 20, has appeared in just 19 games this season after missing time with two different injuries. Yzerman told reporters on Saturday that the decision to send Drouin to the AHL was made “specifically so he gets playing time.”

(Drouin) has played in nine games in the last nine weeks, Yzerman said. He’s been dealing with a minor nagging issue that is finally healed. With everyone coming back at the same time, it’s a good opportunity to get a young player a lot of ice time, get his game right back on top and bring him back at the appropriate time.

According to reporters, Drouin was visibly frustrated leaving Amalie Arena on Saturday. Yzerman said he took “everything into account” when making the decision and met with Drouin to explain the thought process.

Yzerman could not be immediately reached for comment on Sunday. He did not hesitate when asked about Drouin’s future on Saturday. But this sticky situation clearly wasn’t the direction Yzerman and the Lightning envisioned when they selected Drouin ahead of Seth Jones, Sean Monahan and Max Domi two and a half years ago.

I think he’s a tremendous young talent, Yzerman told reporters. He needs to stay healthy and get in the lineup and show what he can do.

If a trade happens, where do you think the young player would go?

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