The staring contest between Steve Yzerman and Jonathan Drouin just went nuclear.
The most famous 20-year-old AHL’er at the moment did not show for the Syracuse Crunch’s game against the Toronto Marlies. For that, the Crunch’s parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, suspended the forward without pay for not appearing.
The Lightning has suspended Jonathan Drouin. Like sands through the hourglass.. pic.twitter.com/ygXNOUJQi0
— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) January 21, 2016
So, Drouin decided to take his puck and go home? How grown up and mature of him. Surely this will go over well with the loads of scouts in attendance at the Marlies game IN TORONTO and in the court of public opinion.
BUT this wouldn’t be soap opera without some confusion. Elliotte Friedman tweeted:
I’m told Drouin is at Ricoh tonight…with the other Syracuse scratches. So, there’s a lot bubbling under the surface.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 21, 2016
Alan Walsh, professional sh– stirrer and Drouin’s agent, later texted a statement:
Allan Walsh statement on Jonathan Drouin pic.twitter.com/mBA4txQIJN
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) January 21, 2016
No amount of couple’s counseling is going to save this relationship.
With this statement by Walsh, Yzerman’s return on Drouin is a significantly less than he may have received had he pulled off this trade a couple days ago. But there is something to be said for GMs that are wary to take on Drouin knowing the baggage that will follow him.
Consider the Anaheim Ducks. They were thought to be one of the more aggressive teams in pursuing Drouin. Then GM Bob Murray said, “There’s more than just [Drouin] that’s probably out there and available right now. Let’s just leave it at that. We’re looking at a whole bunch of things. We know he’s there, but there’s a few others out there, too, that haven’t requested trades. Requesting trades on entry level, that’s something new for you and I. … Entry-level players requesting trades. Amazing.”
Drouin is talented, no doubt; however, is the behavior worth giving up assets for?
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