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Yzerman: Lightning are ‘actively and aggressively’ trying to trade Drouin

2013 NHL Draft

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 30: Jonathan Drouin puts on his jersey with Steve Yzerman, Vice President and General Manager after being selected number three over all in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center on June 30, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman had the same message today that he did earlier this month when Jonathan Drouin’s trade request went public:

The Lightning won’t be strong-armed. They’ll trade the 20-year-old forward when they’re good and ready to trade him. There’s no timeline for the completion of a deal.

Of course, the difference today is that Drouin has been suspended by the Lightning, without pay, after he failed to report for his AHL duties.

And, so, while Yzerman maintained that he won’t be pressured into making a trade that doesn’t benefit the club -- in fact, he’s still open to a reconciliation -- he did concede that a deal to move the talented forward is “actively and aggressively” being pursued.

As for the claim by Drouin’s agent, Allan Walsh, that the Lightning had recently “advised that a trade involving Jonathan was moving closer to completion,” Yzerman denied that ever happened.

Yzerman also had this piece of advice for any player in Drouin’s situation:

For Drouin, that’s obviously not possible anymore. All he can do now is wait and hope that Yzerman finds a deal that’s to his liking.