LIGHTNING’S DROUIN SEEKING TRADE, BUT GM WON’T OBLIGE
tampa, fla.» Allan Walsh, the agent for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin, said Sunday the third overall selection in the 2013 NHL draft wants to be traded.
Drouin, 20, was demoted Saturday to Syracuse of the American Hockey League, but Walsh said the trade request was made in November.
Drouin was a healthy scratch for most of Tampa Bay’s run to last year’s Stanley Cup Final. He has been slowed by injuries this season, scoring only two goals in 19 games.
“It’s in everyone’s best interests that Jonathan be allowed to move on and play hockey,” Walsh said. “It was his sincere intention to play in Tampa for many years.”
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said Drouin was sent to the AHL to get more playing time.
“My sole intention is to act in the best interest of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey club,” Yzerman said. “In the meantime, Jonathan has been assigned to our American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch, and we expect him to report to practice with the rest of his teammates this Tuesday morning.”
• The Chicago Blackhawks lent 25-year-old defenseman David Rundblad to the ZSC Lions, a team in Switzerland. He has four goals and 21 assists in 113 games in his NHL career.
Nets lose Jack to knee injury
B new york» Brooklyn Nets point guard Jarrett Jack has a torn ACL in his right knee and will miss the remainder of the NBA season.
Jack was injured Saturday during a game in Boston, and the Nets announced Sunday that he also has a small medial meniscus tear. His date for surgery hasn’t been set.
Jack made 32 starts this season, averaging 12.8 points and a teambest 7.4 assists.
B lenzerheide, switzerland» Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the men’s 10-kilometer freestyle pursuit and extended his lead over fellow Norwegian Petter Northug Jr. in the Tour de Ski.
Sundby finished in 21 minutes, 44.7 seconds, with Northug 1:25.2 behind. Finn Haagen Krogh completed the Norwegian top three.
“I knew I was being chased,” Sundby said. “I am happy I could gain more seconds.”
After three of eight races in the Tour de Ski, Sundby leads with Northug 1:30.2 behind. Third-place Krogh trails by more than two minutes.
Overall, Sundby leads Northug 828 to 499 points after 12 of the 36 events.
Norway also dominated the women’s 5-kilometer freestyle pursuit, taking the top three positions.
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg won in 13:02.3, with Therese Johaug 9.3 back. Heidi Weng was third, 2:03.6 back. • Ski jumper Peter Prevc won the third stop of the Four Hills Tour in dominating fashion, positioning himself in Innsbruck, Austria, to become the first Slovenian winner of the annual event in nearly two decades.
Prevc carries a 19.7-point lead over German rival Severin Freund into Wednesday’s fourth and final stop in Bischofshofen, Austria.
“I hope I can keep going like this,” said Prevc, who is set to become the second tour winner from Slovenia after Primoz Peterka in 1997, and the first non-Austrian winner since Janne Ahonen of Finland in 2008.
Prevc had jumps of 125 and 132 meters for a total of 269.5 points, 11.1 ahead of Freund. The German’s best effort was 128 meters, just hours after he escaped a nasty crash on the landing of a trial jump with only bruising.
“I am really satisfied. Innsbruck was the biggest challenge for me,” Prevc said.
Colorado Mesa basketball star Ryan Stephan leads RMAC men’s teams in scoring and rebounding, averaging 25.4 points and 11.2 rebounds in 13 games. He is a 6-foot-10 senior from Green Mountain High School. ... Dexter Sienko’s 22 points and eight rebounds led the Regis men’s team to a 93-73 victory over Western State.