Two key players could be back for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, their coaches said Sunday.
Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist, who has missed six games with an upper-body injury, practiced Sunday and could return for Monday’s series opener in Pittsburgh (8 p.m. ET, NBC).
Coach Mike Sullivan called Hornqvist’s availability as game-time decision, but added, Based on the way that he practiced [Sunday], we’re certainly encouraged.
With the ink barely dry on their trade agreement, the Canadiens promptly signed Drouin, a restricted free agent to be, to a six-year contract extension worth $33 million ($5.5 million AAV). Negotiations between Montreal GM Marc Bergevin and Allan Walsh, Drouin’s agent, came together in less than two hours.
Drouin and the Lightning seemed to have reached an understanding this past season, as the 22-year-old wing scored 21 goals on the way to a 53-point campaign. That showing came on the heels of a 2015-16 season that saw Drouin sit out for six weeks after the Lightning didn’t heed his request to be traded. He found his way back into the team’s good graces and ended up scoring five goals in the 2016 playoffs before his breakout 2016-17.
Even so, the end of this Lightning season once again prompted speculation that Drouin could be on the move, as he was Tampa Bay’s prime trading chip in its effort to shore up a woeful defense.
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