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Lightning promotes twice-suspended forward Jonathan Drouin

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It’s a long way from happily ever after, but Jonathan Drouin is a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning once again.

Under the heading of “things-you-never-thought-you-would-see” is Drouin, who has been suspended twice this season, returning to the parent club. Drouin left the Syracuse Crunch, demanded a trade and was suspended, then returned and was reinstated, then missed a practice and was suspended again.

But the Bolts need firepower in the absence of Steven Stamkos, who just had surgery to repair a blood clot. Especially, their 26th-ranked power play needed help.

Drouin is coming back for the team’s final two games of the season. In 17 games with the Crunch, Drouin has scored 11 goals, five on the power play.

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