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Friendship with Hedman big reason why Stamkos chose Tampa Bay

Steven Stamkos signing an eight-year, $68 million contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning was a bit surprising. Stamkos was the top free agent on the market and several teams were willing to pay top dollar in order to secure his services. The star forward decided to stick with the Lightning, but one of the biggest reasons he chose to stay had nothing to do with money. As...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryan Rust's two goals send Penguins to Stanley Cup Final

Bryan Rust had five professional goals entering the Stanley Cup Playoffs. After Game 7 on Thursday, he had five more in these playoffs alone, and a ticket to the Stanley Cup Final to boot. The 24-year-old Pittsburgh Penguin played just 41 games during the regular season, but he was the catalyst once again for Pittsburgh as his two goals were the difference in a 2-1 victory over...
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May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonathan Drouin offsides on goal as Penguins win challenge

Is there anything more frustrating than scoring a goal in front of your home crowd to put your team up 1-0 in the playoffs and seeing it wiped off the board due to an offsides call? That’s what happened with Jonathan Drouin and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. During Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Drouin scored for what would have been the first goal of the game....
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 24, 2016  |  Discuss

The Renaissance Of Jonathan Drouin

In the midst of the Jonathan Drouin drama, I wrote an article stating why he would never be a great fit for the Lightning and concluded that a mutual split would be best for both parties. After two rounds in the postseason, I am ready to admit my conclusion was hasty. Perhaps if everything went according to the Bolts’ plans, my conclusion may have held true. But there was one thing...
Via The Sports Quotient
May 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonathan Drouin is seizing his opportunity

It didn’t seem that it was meant to be. Rewind back to the regular season. Back to the days when Jonathan Drouin was requesting a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning and taking part in a rare hockey maneuver – holding out. Drouin refused to play for the Lightning and wouldn’t return to NHL action barring a trade to another team. He refused to participate in the AHL and tried...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Woodward: Jonathan Drouin’s Path To Redemption

In the wake of his decision to leave Syracuse back in mid-January, Lightning’ forward Jonathan Drouin was faced with unprecedented levels of criticism. The 20-year-old Quebec native took one broadside after another as pundits and fans from across the hockey world began calling his character and work ethic into public question. Some aptly suggested he’d received poorly thought...
Via Lightning Shout
May 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Lessons learned from the Jonathan Drouin saga

It appears that the Jonathan Drouin saga has taken an interesting turn.Just one week after a quiet trade deadline in which Drouin wasn't moved, the seemingly disgruntled young forward reported to the Tampa Bay Lightning's AHL camp, the Syracuse Crunch. Now, Drouin has reportedly expressed a desire to repair what is left of his relationship with the team.It's a surprising move from...
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March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

What happens next for Jonathan Drouin?

The NHL Trade deadline came and went and boy, oh, boy was it a stinker. There are many winners and losers, but the biggest loser of the day, may have been an individual. Jonathan Drouin who has been sitting out since his trade demand became public and he took the biggest hit out of anyone. The entire point of his holdout was for leverage purposes and now that he remains on the...
Via Puck Drunk Love
March 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Canadiens 'aggressively pursuing' Jonathan Drouin trade

The Montreal Canadiens are in a downward spiral. Yes, they defeated the rival Boston Bruins 5-1 in the Winter Classic last week, but the Habs are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games and in desperate need of a spark offensively. Montreal has the second-worst shooting percentage and the third-fewest goals scored since Dec. 1. What’s the solution? According to a report from Brian Wilde...
Via NESN.com
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Jonathan Drouin demands to be traded

Before the season started, did any of you have Jonathan Drouin as a player who would demand a trade during the season? The young forward has all the promise in the world and it looks like he won’t be able to live out that promise in Tampa Bay. Drouin’s agent Allan Walsh released a statement to Bob McKenzie about the particular demand. A statement from Jonathan Drouin's agent...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

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