James O'Brien

Left wing Jonathan Drouin talks during a news conference introducing the top prospects going into Sunday's NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 28, 2013, in Weehawken, N.J. The draft will be held June 29 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Report: ‘Ship has sailed’ on a Drouin return to Lightning

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Can you step through a door when a ship has already sailed? Probably not.

That’s the imagery combination we’re treated to regarding Jonathan Drouin after the Tampa Bay Lightning decided not to move him during the 2016 trade deadline.

Earlier on Monday, Bolts GM Steve Yzerman extended that peace offering, but TSN’s Frank Seravalli cites an anonymous source who said that the damage has already been done:

Drouin will not be returning to the Lightning. A source close to the situation said “that ship has sailed,” underlining that it is not a possibility.

Yzerman’s offer, which puts the onus back on Drouin, is believed to only include AHL Syracuse and not a return to the Lightning. No matter: even if the offer was extended to join the Lightning before their playoff run, Drouin is not believed to be interested.

The Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson backs that up while discussing doors:

So there are at least three accounts against Drouin playing for the Lightning again: Seravalli’s report, that tweet from Erlendsson … and common sense.

Re-introduce yourself: Sparks makes nice save in Leafs return

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The Toronto Maple Leafs might be packing it in for next season, but there are plenty of players who have a chance to make an impression on management.

Goalie Garret Sparks is one of them, especially playing against a quality team like the Tampa Bay Lightning with a skeleton crew in front of him.

He has a while to go to make a lasting impact, but providing a highlight here and there doesn’t hurt. Sparks generated one early against the Bolts tonight, as you can see above.

Wild get David Jones from Flames, who take Niklas Backstrom’s contract

Calgary Flames' David Jones (19) and Carolina Hurricanes' Andrej Sekera (4), of Slovakia, chase the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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During TSN’s Trade Centre coverage, NBC’s Pierre McGuire expressed disappointment in the Minnesota Wild’s quite deadline work.

David Jones might not be enough to sway such an opinion from McGuire and others, but at least he’s something.

The Wild received Jones from the Calgary Flames, who will reportedly absorb the contract of goalie Niklas Backstrom (and get a sixth-rounder for their troubles), according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston.

The Flames now have 10 picks in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Jones is having a quiet season for the Flames, with zero points in his last five games and just one goal since Jan. 16.

The Wild are looking at past successes in hopes of getting something out of him: he generated two 20+ goals during his Avalanche days and managed 14 last season for the Flames.

Nothing spectacular, yet Minnesota would gladly add some support scoring to its lineup as the Wild claw for a playoff spot.

Backstrom, 38, has not played since the 2014-15 season. His current cap hit is $3.42 million, likely easy to manage for a Calgary team that cleared out a lot of salary during this week.

Flyers will be without Jakub Voracek (lower body) for about two weeks

Tough news for the Philadelphia Flyers on deadline day: Jakub Voracek is expected to miss about two weeks with a lower-body injury.

Philly currently sits one spot outside of the East’s wild card picture, with 67 points in 61 games played. The Pittsburgh Penguins are the closest playoff team ahead of them: 70 points in 60 games played.

That’s far from insurmountable, although that task looks a lot tougher without Voracek.

Voracek struggle with just three points in 10 October games, but he’s been close to a point-per-game guy since then.

Some wonder if Voracek might miss a little more than that estimated two weeks, too.

The Voracek-less Flyers face off against the … several players-less Calgary Flames tonight.

Jared Cowen won’t play for Leafs, who plan on buying him out

Ottawa Senators' Jared Cowen takes part in a photo shoot during the opening day of the NHL hockey training camp in Ottawa on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)
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Jared Cowen won’t play for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, and the plan is to buy him out during the off-season.

That’s what GM Lou Lamoriello told the media as he discussed the trade deadline on Monday.

This announcement comes from reporters including ESPN’s Craig Custance:

Here’s the press conference itself, which touches on other issues.

If that buyout goes as planned, here’s the expected cost:

Cowen was part of the trade that sent Dion Phaneuf to the Ottawa Senators.

It’s been a tough season for Cowen, who obviously lost favor toward the end of his time with the Senators. At 25, he has time to turn things around … it just won’t happen with the Maple Leafs.