The Montreal Canadiens was not the only team looking to land young star forward Jonathan Drouin on the trade market, but according to a source who spoke to Journal de Montreal's Marc De Foy, the Minnesota Wild thought the deal was in the bag.
Wild management was shocked to find out Drouin was leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning and heading to Montreal in return for young defensive prospect Mikhail Sergachev. Minnesota was giving a defender from their current roster up to land the 22-year-old.
It is suggested that the Wild had offered either 24-year-old Jonas Bodin or Matt Dumba, who turned 23 in July. Both players were first round picks, like Drouin himself. However, the condition linked to Sergachev might have played a bigger role. The young defender needs to play at least 40 games, in the regular season or during the playoffs, for the Lightning to get a second round pick in 2018.
Maybe this is what convinced the Bolts to make a trade with the Habs instead...
As of now, Sergachev has played in three games with the Lightning.