The Tampa Bay Lightning got the young defenseman they need been craving for, getting Mikhail Sergachev from the Montreal Canadiens on weekday in exchange for extremely expert forward Jonathan Drouin.
The groups proclaimed the deal concerning 48 hours before the NHL’s trade freeze before the Vegas Golden Knights’ growth draft. Per TSN, the Canadiens even have united with Drouin on the terms of a six-year contract extension through 2023 value $33 million.
Along with Sergachev, Tampa Bay gets a conditional 2018 second-round decide, and Montreal receives a 2018 conditional sixth-rounder.
The 22-year-old Drouin set career highs last season with 21 goals, 32 assists and 53 points, and may be a unfinished restricted free agent. He has had a rocky tenure with the Lighting since being the third decide in 2013, posing for a exchange 2015-16 and coming to play a outstanding role this past season within the absence of contused captain Steven Stamkos.
By commercialism Drouin, bay will shield an additional forward within the enlargement draft and has a lot of salary-cap house moving forward with alternative players in want of recent deals.
Sergachev, who agency turns 19 next week, was the ninth decide within the 2016 draft. Thought-about one in all the highest defensive prospects in hockey, the Russian had 10 goals and 33 assists for 43 points with the Ontario Hockey League’s Windsor Spitfires this past season and was a point-a-game player as they won the Memorial Cup.