Jonathan Drouin suspended by Lightning for failure to report to game

NHL analyst Elliotte Friedman tells HC at Noon that if Jonathan Drouin was traded to the Montreal Canadiens right now, he'd be expected to be the saviour.

The Jonathan Drouin trade watch advisory system has risen from elevated levels to high.

The disgruntled Tampa Bay Lightning forward was suspended by the Lightning indefinitely without pay for his failure to report to an AHL Syracuse Crunch game in Toronto Wednesday night.

From the team’s press release:

“Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin has been suspended indefinitely without pay by the team after his failure to report for tonight’s game between the Syracuse Crunch and the Toronto Marlies, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced this evening. The team will make no further comment at this time.”

Drouin did skate with the Crunch at morning practice.

Drouin's agent Allan Walsh went public with a trade request earlier this month after his client was demoted to the AHL. Walsh released a statement regarding Drouin Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old has two goals and eight points in 19 games with the Lightning this season. He's totaled two goals and an assist in seven games with Syracuse since landing in the AHL.