Seventeen days after Jonathan Drouin's trade request went public, the Tampa Bay Lightning forward played the last card in his hand Wednesday by choosing not to report to play in his American Hockey League game with the Syracuse Crunch.
It was a bold, power-play move by Drouin and his agent, Allan Walsh, clearly aimed at backing Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman into a corner so he meets the trade request made by the 20-year-old forward who was the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
It was their nuclear option. It might blow up in their faces.
The Lightning's first move in response was to suspend Drouin indefinitely and without pay for failing to report. What Yzerman does next is to be determined, but it's likely his mind hasn't changed, that there is no guarantee he will grant Drouin's trade request.
Yzerman still has all of his cards in his hand, and he still has all the power too.