Jacob Trouba signed a two-year, six million dollar contract with the Winnipeg Jets after a holdout that felt like an eternity. The 22 year-old right shot defenceman drafted ninth overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft ended the holdout with the Jets, for now. Trouba apparently asked for a trade out of Winnipeg last season because he wanted to play on the right side of defence within the top four. His trade request became public in September following the World Cup of Hockey, prompting a number of trade scenarios and questions of whether he likes the city of Winnipeg.
Trouba was expected to sign a contract similar to the contracts of Seth Jones, Justin Faulk, and Morgan Rielly. Instead, because of his holdout, he will still receive a pretty penny of three million dollars per season just the next two years. This is a tell-tale sign that he could be traded following the end of the bridge deal, or could receive a PK Subban-esque deal.
Trouba is an important player for the Winnipeg Jets. He’s one of the better right shot defencemen in the league. He might not have the point production, which is why he needs to play on his strong side.
When Trouba plays his first game with the Jets, he might see permanence on the second pairing of an injury depleted Winnipeg blue line. Tyler Myers is out. Mark Stuart is out. Enter in Jacob Trouba and oh! There’s a spot on the right side. It’s on the second pairing. The second pairing is within the top four! JACOB TROUBA GETS WHAT HE WANTS!
However, what happens when Tyler Myers returns? Myers, another right shot defenceman who is 26 years old is another player that is in Trouba’s way. The Jets might see Myers as expendable, while 2013 seventh round pick Brenden Kichton could find his way up with the big club eventually. The Jets did acquire Myers just two years ago, but with their home-grown talent in Trouba, ‘Byfuglien,’ and Kichton, Myers seems like the odd man out.
If the Jets were to trade Trouba however, it would be a tough sell. Remember when the Canadiens gave Subban a two-year bridge contract that paid him $2.875M? How’d that go? 38 points in the lockout-shortened season that saw him play 42 games and 53 points in 82 games the following season. Subban is now paid handsomely with a cap hit of NINE MILLION DOLLARS PER SEASON until 2021-22. Teams might not want to take such a risk after seeing the Montreal Canadiens PAY Subban, unless you’re the Bruins. Anything is possible, Boston. Six years of David Backes.
Trouba will take some time to mold back with the Jets in his first few games. Johnny Gaudreau is still finding his step with the Calgary Flames, so it only makes sense that Trouba will have his own struggles in his first few games back with the Jets. Trouba had 21 points in 81 gamse last season, 22 in 65 games during 2014-15, and 29 in 65 during 2013-14. Obviously, Trouba wants to score more points than his previous output. Hopefully his time on the second pairing will reap the rewards.
The Jets are currently tied with the Dallas Stars for a playoff spot and could grab the eighth spot with a win against the Stars Tuesday night. Trouba will be a significant improvement to the Jets’ lineup going forward.
Does Trouba get traded within the next two seasons?