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With the tense relationship between Drouin and Tampa Bay and the Montreal playing Yo-Yo with Galchenyuk (Center, Winger, 4th line during the playoff), I think these two would be great trading partners despite being division rival.  Picks or players can be added to balance salaries, but it would basically be a straight up deal.

 

For MTL, Drouin (whether playing center or wing), aside from being a local boy, would be their offensive playmaker they are lacking up front.  Especially for a guy like Pacioretty, whos a really good finisher and that had some of his best moments with a poor man's version of Drouin, in David Desharnais.  Galchenyuk is talented, but not a dominating center and chemistry hasn't been always present with Pacioretty or Radulov.

 

For TB, they would move on from Drouin.  They need to re-sign him and negotiations might be tense.  I can see Yzerman playing hard ball with Drouin with a bridge deal and Drouin possibly holding out in training camp.  Galchenyuk is also an RFA, and might cost a little more than Drouin since he already had his bridge deal, but not that much more IMO.  With Johnson and Stamkos as their #1-2 centerman, Galchenyuk would be a really good complement of either line and finally labelled as a winger, which IMO is what he should be.

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Tampa won't be trading drouin unless it's a crazy good overpayment. They'll try to sign him for a bridge deal anyways. 

Not the worst idea but Galchenyuk made 2.8m and put up 50+ points this season same as drouin so doubtful he'd be much of a cost savings

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I wish I were a fly on the wall when Drouin and his agent sit down for negotiating a new contract. The Lightning can't possibly justify giving Drouin a big money contract when they stiffed Kucherov into accepting a ridiculously cheap bridge deal. But then if you are Drouin why should you settle for less? Its interesting how bizarre this situation, Drouin might be the Canadian holding out for more money while Kucherov is the Russian who gave his team a healthy discount.

 

As far as this proposal I can't see the Lightning having interest in this. I think they would expect Montreal to add and I am not sure Bergevin will have the stones to offer up what Tampa might want added to Galchenyuk. Stevie Y is a shark.

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On paper this deal looks feasible.  That being said...

- Montreal has found chemistry with Phillip Danault centering Patches and Radulov, so it's not like they would be looking for a center for that line.  Depending on who they decide to keep protected in the draft (heard rumblings that they may expose Plekanec), they may be rather thin up the middle especially if they trade Alex in this deal.  Drouin, while talented, is likely better suited for the wing, where the Habs are decently strong (Lekhonen, Gallagher, Byron, Shaw in their middle 6).  Unless they get another center in return there may not be such a good fit.

- Tampa would still need to sign him (as others have mentioned) and he'll likely cost around the same (young guy who would have put up 60 points in a full season), so Stevie won't get much in terms of savings.  Could see him trading Jonathan for more cost-controlled assets and high picks/ blue-chip prospects.   

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3 minutes ago, Phil_314 said:

Montreal has found chemistry with Phillip Danault centering Patches and Radulov, so it's not like they would be looking for a center for that line.  Depending on who they decide to keep protected in the draft (heard rumblings that they may expose Plekanec), they may be rather thin up the middle especially if they trade Alex in this deal.  Drouin, while talented, is likely better suited for the wing, where the Habs are decently strong (Lekhonen, Gallagher, Byron, Shaw in their middle 6).  Unless they get another center in return there may not be such a good fit.

This. Montreal's glaring weakness to be addressed at the moment is at centre. Their top two players in the depth chart at the minute are Danault and Pleky. Pleky has had a down year and is aging, but also looks to be the most likely candidate to be lost to Vegas at the moment. Danault has been a great find for them, but fills out the first line C in a similar way to how Burrows filled out our first line wing. He is a complimentary player finding a place through excellent chemistry with stars, not a true 1C driving the play on his line. 

 

While Galchenyuk's position has been mismanaged over the years, he WAS drafted as a C. When not in the dog house he has played in the 1 or 2 C spot and found success. Trading away a young-ish C with top line potential for a winger, no matter how talented, would be a poor move for the Habs. 

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7 minutes ago, Phil_314 said:

On paper this deal looks feasible.  That being said...

- Montreal has found chemistry with Phillip Danault centering Patches and Radulov, so it's not like they would be looking for a center for that line.  Depending on who they decide to keep protected in the draft (heard rumblings that they may expose Plekanec), they may be rather thin up the middle especially if they trade Alex in this deal.  Drouin, while talented, is likely better suited for the wing, where the Habs are decently strong (Lekhonen, Gallagher, Byron, Shaw in their middle 6).  Unless they get another center in return there may not be such a good fit.

- Tampa would still need to sign him (as others have mentioned) and he'll likely cost around the same (young guy who would have put up 60 points in a full season), so Stevie won't get much in terms of savings.  Could see him trading Jonathan for more cost-controlled assets and high picks/ blue-chip prospects.   

True for the first part that they did found some chemistry during the regular season, but in the playoff that line didn't produce much.   And you can't expect to contend with Danault as your 1C.  Danault is great 3rd center or good 2nd.

 

While I agree Drouin might not be better than Galchenyuk in the faceoff circle or defensively, but his playmaking skill should help Pacioretty and/or Radulov (assuming they re-sign him).  That would be a pretty good 1st line.

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