New York Islanders Trade Targets for Every NHL Team
Tampa Bay Lightning
The Tampa Bay Lightning have three big contracts to sign this offseason: Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Jonathan Drouin. And they only have $17 million to play with.
It’s possible to get it all done. Give them $5 million across the board and they still have two million to spare on a backup goaltender like Petr Budaj.
But with Stamkos coming back the pecking order has to be rearranged to accommodate. So can a guy like Drouin get the playing time that he wants? He’s held out before remember.
It’s a big give going Tampa’s way, but this isn’t any ordinary player. In his third year in the NHL he’s put up 53 points. Last season during Tampa’s playoff run he put up 14 points in 17 games. He’s also the player that put up 213 points in 95 QMJHL games for a 2.24 point-per-game pace.
Giving up a heart and soul player like Hamonic, who, to be honest, had a terrible year, a promising prospect in Josh Ho-Sang and a first round pick in next season’s draft is fair for what Drouin could become. Slot him a top line next to bonafide league superstar John Tavares and watch sparks fly!