Sep 26, 2013; Estero, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) skates with the puck. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye--Drouin Returns to Halifax

Roster deadline looming, I waited anxiously by the phone waiting for Jon Cooper and Steve Yzerman to give me a call to discuss the players that would be staying and those that would be going.  I’m sure you all were waiting for your phone calls as well.

Guess what?  No. Phone. Call.  I know–unbelievable, right?

Those guys must think they know it all and went on ahead without me and cut the team down to the requisite 23 players.  Humphf.

Anyway, now we can all stand around the electronic water cooler and trade opinions on Twitter and Facebook.  Yes, I was very surprised that brand-spankin’ new draftee Jonathan Drouin would not be joining us on the Forum ice this season and instead was sent back to Quebec Juniors. With all the time spent during preseason on the top lines and in various positions, Drouin looked to be a near shoe-in as one of the retainees, but it was not to be.  And since he can’t be sent down to Syracuse, we won’t have the hope of seeing him pulled up as a last-minute fill in.  Sigh.  At least he’ll get lots of ice time with Halifax.

Another surprise cut was Brett Connolly, and apparently it was a bit of surprise for Connolly, who commented in this morning’s paper (Tampa Tribune, E. Erlendsson, 30 Sep 13) that it hit him “out of left field a little bit.”  I would have recommended keeping him, but again, Coach didn’t call.

The husband apparently did get his phone call, since the defenseman who’s been on his radar for a while, Mark Barberio, will be staying.

Time will tell how this new team will come together and gel during this season, and of course, I’ll be there to cheer and critique these choices all along the way.  Hope to see you there, too!

 

 

 

 

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