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Lightning GM swings big trade to land stud defenseman Sergachev

"Ultimately we made the trade because we were looking to acquire a defenseman, and Sergachev is big and strong, a good skater, moves the puck well, and we were looking for that kind of player," Yzerman explained in a conference call with reporters.

Though led by perennial Norris Trophy contender Victor Hedman, the Lightning's defense corps was a major weak spot last season and in need of an upgrade.

To get Sergachev it cost the Lightning the highly skilled Drouin, the third overall selection in the 2013 draft who scored 21 goals this past season and has recorded 95 points in his first 164 NHL games.

Two years ago he was suspended by the team for failing to report to the minor leagues; and his agent, Allan Walsh, engaged in a public war of words with the organization, ultimately demanding a trade.

Sergachev, who started the 2016-17 campaign playing four games in Montreal before returning to junior hockey, is entering the first year of his three-year entry-level deal, making him not only a talented option for the Lightning blue line, but also an affordable one that does not need to be protected in the expansion draft, either.

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