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The Least of Your Worries

The Winnipeg Jets were awful against the Montreal Canadiens.

Yes.

Connor Hellebuyck was fighting the puck.

Yes.

The Winnipeg Jets need a better number one goalie than Connor Hellebuyck.

No.

At only 23 years-old, Connor Hellebuyck is learning what it takes to be a number one goalie. He isn’t perfect, but he’s showing to be a lot more capable than Ondrej Pavelec. Pavelec has only played one season where he’s had a save percentage higher than .914 in the NHL. Not particularly brilliant.

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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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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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Step Back to Reality

New York Islanders’ right-handed defenceman is seeking a trade, not because Hamonic doesn’t like Brooklyn or the Islanders organization. Hamonic has private family concerns that he wants to address by being closer to home. Islanders’ general manager Garth Snow has addressed that he wants Travis Hamonic in return, essentially a right-handed defenceman in return. Which teams would trade for Hamonic?

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Morr-i-ssey

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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Marrying Your Favourite Team

Being a fan of any sports team is similar to a marriage. You have to “choose” a team to stick with, through losing (sickness) and winning (health). Fans have accepted the idea of being a fan of their favourite hockey team until death, even though it might be tough. Realizing that the process of winning a championship takes time, fans must be patient to watch their favourite team develop as a top contender. It takes time to draft top players and develop them to be the keystones of a team that could win the hardest trophy to win in sports. The Winnipeg Jets’ and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ fan bases are perfect examples of fans having to be patient of a team’s management that could bring success of winning the Stanley Cup.

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