The team issued the following statement from vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman:
“We acknowledge, via communication from his agent, Jonathan Drouin’s request to be traded. Moving forward, my sole intention is to act in the best interest of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey club. In the meantime, Jonathan has been assigned to our American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, and we expect him to report for practice with the rest of his teammates this Tuesday morning.”
Drouin was assigned to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch Saturday after struggling with the Lightning this season.
Drouin's agent admitted Sunday that the 20-year-old requested a trade back in November, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Allan Walsh, agent for Jonathan Drouin, admits his client had asked for a trade
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 3, 2016
The 2013 first-round draft pick has registered six goals and 40 points in 89 career NHL games with the Lightning.