Assessing the Jets’ Options with Trouba

Nine months ago, contract extension requests of Jacob Trouba, Dustin Byfuglien, and Andrew Ladd were leaked to the public. Ninth months later, Byfuglien signed a five-year, $38 million contract extension, Andrew Ladd was traded to the Blackhawks and later signed with the Islanders, while Trouba remains without a contract. Trouba is asking for seven million dollars per year for the next eight years.

Because he has never received a contract that he and his agent Kurt Overhardt approve of, Trouba has requested a trade. Here is the statement from Sportsnet. Trouba will not attend the Winnipeg Jets’ training camp. He already played in the World Cup of Hockey representing Team North America, so he’s up to speed.

There are a select number of teams that are suitable for acquiring Trouba’s rights. A trade for Trouba will likely be dependant on Trouba agreeing to a new contract.

So where could Trouba take his talents?

Toronto Maple Leafs:

Let’s just keep banging this drum. Imagine Trouba and Rielly! Then Gardiner and Zaitsev! They’ve both played for Team North America so JUST IMAGINE THE CHEMISTRY. The center of the hockey universe MUST be named in this list. If the Leafs trade for Trouba, they might trade Kerby Rychel. However, they won’t trade a player they recently acquired.

Philadelphia Flyers:

The future of their left-defence is Del Zotto, Gostisbehere, and Provorov, while their right-side is Radko Gudas. The Flyers could really use a stud of a defenceman in Trouba.

New Jersey Devils:

Miss Adam Larsson? How about Eric Gelinas? Ben Lovejoy isn’t a top pairing guy. Trouba could be that guy.

Montreal Canadiens:

I’m sure they miss his heart, not sure if Trouba has the right “personality.” Could Bergevin redeem himself by trading Petry for Trouba? Let’s stop kidding ourselves.

 

The teams mentioned above would likely have to give up a lot of value for a top-four defenceman. Does he deserve the dollar value he’s asking for? It’s unlikely that he will be traded immediately because of the Jets’ response below:

It seems like the Winnipeg Jets are treating their ‘situation’ with Trouba similar to the way the Lightning dealt with Jacob Trouba. Trouba obviously wants to play on the right side of defence in a top four position, and has a road block in Tyler Myers and Dustin Byfuglien. Trouba could very well be a top-pairing defenceman, but it’s in the best interest of the Jets to have an abundance of skill in the competitive Central Division.

A decision could be made as soon as two weeks’ time. Or the Jets could wait Trouba out before December 1, 2016, which is the deadline for any team to sign a restricted free agent. If he isn’t signed by December 1st, he will no longer be eligible to play during the season. He would then become an unrestricted free agent the following summer.

General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff sees Trouba as a key member of the Jets’ future. Trouba could have his way in being guaranteed by the Jets that he will play the right side.

What do you think will happen with Trouba?

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