Changes in the NHL vs. juniors decision 

October, 22, 2013

Sean MonahanThearon W. Henderson/Getty ImagesWith nine points in eight games, Sean Monahan has given the Flames an easy decision.
We'll be the first to admit that, occasionally, we're guilty of overthinking things in this space. When the initial surprise of the Tampa Bay Lightning's decision to send Jonathan Drouin back to his junior team wore off, the prudence of the decision started to sink in. In this case, the overthinking came when I started to analyze the financial benefits of delaying the start of Drouin's entry-level deal.

It occurred to me that the Lightning have one of the brightest young minds in hockey in assistant general manager Julien BriseBois, whose background in law and arbitration cases helped prepare him for a future as a hockey executive, where managing the salary cap is one of his duties in Tampa Bay.