At 3:13pm EST the Tampa Bay Lightning announced on twitter that they had traded Jonathan Drouin to Montreal.
We have acquired Mikhail Sergachev & 2018 cond. 2nd rd pick from the @CanadiensMTL in exchange for Jonathan Drouin. https://t.co/EH5iNVAmyG— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 15, 2017
As is the case now whenever big news happens, the reaction online was swift and emotional. Spread out amongst some favorable reactions (mostly centering around Mikhail Sergachev’s potential as a top-two defender) there was an outpouring of disbelief and anger.
Drouin is a bewildering bundle of offensive talent with a ton of baggage already in his short career. He was also, for most of last season, one of the few bright spots in a dark and dismal season. Fans had grown attached to him and his special set of skills. So it’s understandable that they might be a bit upset at seeing him go. And where do fans head when they are upset?
Twitter, of course. Now, for your reading enjoyment a small sample of the replies to the Lightning trade announcement.
At least one fan was “done”:
Im done, Drouin was generational— Deval Patel (@deval79) June 15, 2017
Another would have traded a 60-goal scorer and team captain instead How quickly people forget Stamkos!:
Drouin is a once in a lifetime player... mad creative scoring skills. Stamkos can't stay healthy. Would have traded an aging stamkos first— Michael Pedone (@MichaelPedone) June 15, 2017
There were puns:
How am I Drouin?... Not good— Kevin Rea (@DatDudeKR) June 15, 2017
You just Drouined every TBL fans' day.— ZeroPucksGiven (@OvrlyOptimistic) June 15, 2017
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There was a call for a rebuild (not sure who “concussion captain” is?)
Tampa it's time to rebuild. Concussion captain, lost Boyle and Drouin, Ben Bishop was better than you think and Filppula was reliable.— NHL Biased (@NewYork63521888) June 15, 2017
Some folks had to reach into other sports to adequately describe their feelings:
This is the worst trade in the history of the franchise. It's Kareem-to-LA bad.— Jay Wilson (@jaywilsonapr) June 15, 2017
Wow this seem to come out of nowhere, hope this works out otherwise might be the Bolts version of trading 1st pick for Booker Reece (Bucs)— John (@JohnBuc06) June 15, 2017
One person attributes a level of deviousness to Mr. Yzerman that would be wonderful to behold:
How baller would it be if Yzerman turned around and offer sheeted Drouin?— Clark Aitken (@clrkaitken) June 15, 2017
In the end, this deal can’t be determined a win or a loss for many years to come. Drouin could end up being the next Alex Daigle or the next Michel Goulet. The same goes for Sergachev. After all, how upset were Lightning fans when rising star Cory Conacher was traded to Ottawa for a super tall goalie? That worked out pretty well for the Bolts.