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Lightning lifts suspension of unhappy forward Jonathan Drouin

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The staredown is over. Jonathan Drouin is a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization again.

For how long, who knows?

The Lightning announced Monday that Drouin’s holdout is over, and he is supposed to report for practice with the Syracuse Crunch today. Drouin had been suspended since Jan. 20, and his agent said that he would not continue with the Lighting “in any capacity.”

However, general manager Steve Yzerman did not complete a trade of Drouin, meaning he faced sitting for the rest of the season. Odds are, the team will try to trade Drouin during the draft.

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