Category Archives: True North

What Do You Mean?

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.

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The 2016/17 NHL season is about to begin! Here are the four season preview that I’ve been working on in the past four days! Be sure to share the videos with friends!

Will the Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators push for playoff contention?

Is tanking over for the Oilers? Could the Flames clinch a playoff spot with NHL-calibre goaltending? Are the Vancouver Canucks looking to Nolan Patrick?

Could the Nashville Predators be the powerhouse of the Central Division? Will the Winnipeg Jets trade or sign Jacob Trouba?

Will the Washington Capitals win another President’s Trophy?

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?

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True Value

The Winnipeg Jets’ defenceman Jacob Trouba is up for a big pay day. The 22 year-old prime commodity of a right-handed shot has been a solid piece for the Jets as they look to contend in the future. Winnipeg made a number of moves to make cap space for their future. Dustin Byfuglien was signed to a five-year, $7.6M contract, and Andrew Ladd was shipped off to Chicago after his request of a $6.8-million yearly extension was not met. The Jets need to lock up Mark Sheifele, Jacob Trouba, Nikolaj Ehlers, and a number of their youngsters who will significant players of their core.

In December of 2015, the reported contract request of Jacob Trouba’s camp (along with Ladd and Byfuglien) was released to the public. Trouba is seeking a seven million dollar contract extension over eight years. Should the Jets lock him up long term or go for a short-term, bridge deal?

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Gambling Protection

2017 might be the year of the Expansion Draft. Las Vegas might be the first expansion team that will be granted an expansion draft. Per Lighthouse Hockey and Darren Dreger of TSN, the basic outline before the expansion draft will be as follows:

  • Teams can protect either 3 defensemen, 7 forwards and 1 goalie, or 8 skaters and 1 goalie, per Darren Dreger.
  • However: Teams can only lose one player per expansion team. (So if there’s only one team, you only lose one player).
  • Prospects and “first- and second-year pros” are exempt and don’t need to be protected.

2017 might be the year of the Expansion Draft. Las Vegas might be the only team that will be granted an expansion draft. If so Which players will be protected by each Canadian NHL team?

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Youth Infusion

Wednesday evening, the National Hockey League announced four outdoor games throughout the 2016-17 season. The 2017 Winter Classic will feature the Chicago Blackhawks hosted by the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium January 2, 2017. The Philadelphia Flyers will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Heinz Field February 18, 2017 for a Stadium Series game. October 23, 2016, the Winnipeg Jets will host Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field for the 2016 Heritage Classic. At the center of the universe, the Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Detroit Red Wings January 1, 2017 for the first Centennial Classic. The string of outdoor games throughout the 2016-17 season are just a slice of the NHL’s 100th anniversary.

The 2016-17 outdoor games are a celebration of hockey’s beginning outdoors. For the Winnipeg Jets and the Toronto Maple Leafs, the games are celebrations of symbolic Canadian teams that are developing into competitive teams.

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Hitting the Delete Button

Going into the 2015-16 season, the league increased the salary cap by $2.4M from $69M 2014-15. The salary cap could increase by a maximum of $3.1M for the 2016-17 season, but with the free-falling dollar, the NHL will not likely rise by the max of $3.1M from the cap of $71.4 in s2015-16.

The need for more salary cap space has never been higher (except for the Winnipeg Jets who have $25M of space). Ten of the stronger NHL teams are restricted to less than three million dollars of cap space. The Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning likely want to improve their roster for a deep playoff run, but are restricted by a lack of cap space.

Each team in the NHL has at least one bad contract, in assessing performance for money. Ryan Callahan of the Tampa Bay Lightning is effective, but overpaid at $5.8M. Brandon Dubinsky is paid to $5.85M be a second/third line center.

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In the center of Canada is an established hockey city by the name of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Winnipeg Jets were the most captivating Canadian NHL team to watch throughout the 2014-15 season. From their lows to their highs, the Jets found a way to show that their roster is a tough team to play against when injured, and even tougher when healthy.

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Watch Out for a Break Out

Young, talented players of several Canadian NHL teams will dominate throughout 2015-16 season. Many of these future stars have recently been drafted, and are quickly working their way up in their career. Here are some players to look out for in the 2015-16 season:

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