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Lightning would like to trade Jonathan Drouin in quick order

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The holdout by Tampa Bay forward Jonathan Drouin has entered its second month. It could be over soon, however.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told the Tampa Bay Times that, all things being equal, he would like to trade Drouin by Monday’s trade deadline. Reports are that as many as 10 teams are interested.

Drouin demanded a trade after a slow start to the season. He was suspended Jan. 20 after refusing to show for a Syracuse game.

“A lot of things factor into it when making the trade, a lot of things to consider here,” general manager Yzerman said. “But number one is, ‘Can I do something involving Jonathan that benefits the team that makes us better right now that helps us for the playoffs? I’d certainly like to do that.

“It’s not just our salary cap, it’s the team that you’re trying to make a deal with salary cap too. “That’s what everybody doesn’t really understand. When trying to make a deal involving players and contracts, it’s got to work for both teams. It’s not just mine. It proves challenging for everyone.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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