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Lightning lift suspension of Drouin

Forward to report to Syracuse of AHL, expected at practice Tuesday

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The Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday lifted the suspension of forward Jonathan Drouin, who plans to report to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

Drouin had been suspended by the Lightning since Jan. 20 when he failed to report to a game with Syracuse after being assigned to the AHL on Jan. 2.

The No. 3 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft had hoped to be moved at the NHL Trade Deadline, but that did not come to pass. Drouin requested a trade in November through his agent, Allan Walsh.

Drouin, 20, is expected to be at practice for Syracuse on Tuesday.

Drouin was slowed by injury this season and had two goals and eight points in 19 NHL games in his second season in the League. He had four goals and 32 points in 70 games as a rookie.

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said last Wednesday he wanted something at the trade deadline that would help the Lightning as much in the future as in the present and he was not interested in players approaching unrestricted free agency, particularly those he had no interest in signing.

"Any opportunities that I was talking about here in the last couple of months really have been for future things, things that wouldn't help us between now and the end of the [Stanley Cup Playoffs]," Yzerman said. "At this time, my feeling was if it's not going to help me now, it's not something that I absolutely can't say 'No' to, I'm better off keeping my options open for this summer because we have some uncertainty on our own roster and we have uncertainty with the salary cap this summer.

"If it wasn't an opportunity that involved draft picks or prospects, again I have to say, 'Hey, I can't pass this up.' … My decision was to keep my options open and see where we are in the offseason."

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