Prospect Mikhail Sergachev has no hard feelings towards the Montreal Canadiens for the trade that sent him to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The defenceman was shipped south for forward Jonathan Drouin, less than a year after being drafted ninth overall by general manager Marc Bergevin. He gave an interview to Championat.com, in which he spoke of the blockbuster deal and his first impressions of Lightning GM Steve Yzerman and coach Jon Cooper. “Being upset or resenting anyone is pointless,” said Sergachev in Russian, translated to English by Igor Nikonov of Raw Charge. “You can be traded 15 times during your career. I’ve been traded because Montreal needed a good forward and trading me was the only way for them to get one.” The Canadiens landed an explosive talent in Drouin, who was immediately signed to a six-year contract extension worth $33 million. The trade ended Drouin’s somewhat rocky tenure with the Lightning – the 22-year-old refused to report to the Syracuse Crunch for over a month in the 2015-16 season after being assigned to the AHL.
Mikhail Sergachev: Canadiens ‘needed’ francophone Jonathan Drouin
Sportsnet | Jul 15