Lightning acquire Sergachev from Canadiens for Drouin

Lightning acquire Sergachev from Canadiens for Drouin”

With Drouin, the Canadiens immediately become a better team offensively. Marc Bergevin will pray that this isn't Ryan McDonagh 2.0.

This, of course, is much different.

Drouin, the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft by Tampa Bay, has been sent to the Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second-round pick in the 2018 draft.

As the dust settles on the blockbuster trade involving Mikhail Sergachev and Jonathan Drouin, it's clear both sides added some fire power to their lineups.

"It's hard to say a year ago if it was the right thing that happened or not", said Drouin.

The Buffalo Sabres turned to a familiar face on when they named Phil Housley as the 18th head coach in franchise history.

Hurricanes: Carolina and forward Teuvo Teravainen have agreed to terms for a two-year deal worth more than $5.7 million. There are reports that he is shopping young forward Alex Galchenyuk, who they don't feel is able to handle a top-line centre's job. It's very hard to find a player of that caliber. The fact that he grew up about an hour outside of Montreal and understands the pressure of playing in that market will also serve him well.

This was a huge trade that fills needs for both teams but likely just the start of more to come from Yzerman and Bergevin.

In parts of three seasons with the Lightning, Drouin already showed he could adapt to the pro game. "That helps us with our cap space if we want to sign our other free agents (Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson, to name two) or other players we have interest in".

And again, it all comes back to risk.

While Drouin is a big loss to their long-term talent pool, they get a high-upside 18-year-old defenceman in Sergachev who is exempt from selection by Las Vegas.

It's a homecoming for Housley, who was selected by Buffalo in the first round of the 1982 draft and spent his first eight seasons playing for the Sabres.

"He's just a relentless, thriving, competitive, highly elite-skilled player", Goyens said. Yzerman has made no secret that he is in search of top-four defenseman this off-season and Sergachev goes a long way to fulfilling that goal.

Bergevin is likely not done dealing. The Canadiens have an average to below-average defense corps now, one that would have had their fans salivating for the future with the likes of Subban and Sergachev anchoring it. "It gives us a little more clarity there".

But clearly the Canadiens have to supplement their roster here. Montreal was in desperate need of scoring after having Carey Price carry them once more. The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning. One thing that Yzerman has mentioned about defenseman is that it's important that they take care of their own zone first and are able to make the first pass out of the zone. Drouin was the only piece Yzerman could move, short of Steven Stamkos, to fulfill Tampa Bay's biggest need on defence.

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