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What To Do With Jacob Trouba?

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

On the surface, his value has never been higher.

Yet, how that impacts where Jacob Trouba will play next season (and beyond) remains very much in question with just under a month before the 2019 NHL Draft gets underway in Vancouver.

Why is the date of the draft important as it pertains to Trouba?

Well, it’s the place where all 31 general managers and key decision makers from the respective organizations get together every year....

Some folks believe the Jets are reaching the point of no return with Trouba, that if the talented defenceman doesn’t want to commit to signing a long-term deal this summer, he should be dealt before next season begins.

Trouba is one year away from unrestricted free agency and most signs point to him wanting to get to that bench post....

With that in mind, here’s a look at an assortment of scenarios the Jets must mull over before making a decision that will have far-reaching ramifications and could play a monumental role in how long their window to win stays open:...

Trade Trouba on his own

As mentioned earlier, a swap of Trouba isn’t as simple as it sounds unless the player is willing to do a longer-term deal with the new team. For a guy who could be in line to make somewhere between $7.5 to $8.5 million on a contract with six-to-eight years of term, that could eliminate a number of potential suitors – as many contenders don’t have the space to fit Trouba under their own salary cap ceiling. However, all it takes is one team and few teams in the NHL aren’t looking to upgrade their respective blue line. The other thing to consider here is that while the Jets would love to get back into the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft, moving Trouba for futures doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense when you consider they’re a contender and trying to win now. The Jets would love to get a top-pairing D-man and a first-rounder back, but again, very few teams are in a rush to move those types of players and include a top draft pick.


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Fans Want Jacob Trouba Out Of Winnipeg

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

A full 75% want Trouba shipped out, suggesting Cheveldayoff swing a deal at this summer’s NHL Draft rather than have Trouba go into the final year of his contract.

And to think 89% tagged Trouba as untouchable just two years ago.

The other number that caught my eye on the blue line was the overwhelming support for Ben Chiarot.

A perfectly serviceable defenceman who has some bite to his game, Chiarot has 91% of fans in his corner, more even than Dustin Byfuglien. That probably has something to do with value for the dollar.

The number of those who’ve had enough of Byfuglien has crept up only marginally over the last two years, from 10% to 16%.

more fan voting...

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Another Contract Year For Jacob Trouba

from Rory Boylen of Sportsnet,

...there’s also 25-year-old defenceman Jacob Trouba, who asked to be traded out of Winnipeg prior to the 2016-17 season and later rescinded it. Trouba was an RFA last summer and it was reported that his arbitration hearing was a “marathon” as the two sides were as much as $3 million apart, with Trouba seeking upwards of $7 million per season.

Generally speaking, most NHL arbitration cases get settled before an arbiter’s ruling, with two sides coming to agreement on a new contract. But Trouba went the distance and was awarded a one-year, $5.5-million deal. That contract followed a two-year bridge deal and now, heading into the summer of 2019, Trouba is a year away from being UFA-eligible.

Asked on Monday if he wanted to be a Winnipeg Jet for the long-term, Trouba was non-committal.

“Same answer as always,” he said to the familiar question. “We’ll figure it out once things get going in the summer, what’s best, and move forward from there. We gotta sit down, have a meeting and figure out what to do moving forward. I haven’t really thought about it. I tried to put it in the back of my mind as much as I could this year.”


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Video- A Must Win For The Winnipeg Jets Tonight

The Jets are in St. Louis tonight and a loss sends Winnipeg home for the year.

Remember, the home team has yet to win a game this series.

Below, watch Paul Maurice before the puck drops tonight.

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The St. Louis Blues Need One More Win To Advance After A Shocking Win In Winnipeg

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

By now the strategy is crystal clear for the Blues. They should simply forfeit Game 6 Saturday in St. Louis, proceed directly to Game 7 here, clinch the series, and move on to Round 2 of Lord Stanley’s playoffs.

Because apparently it no longer is possible for the Blues to lose at Bell MTS Place. They were down 2-0 in the first period Thursday. On the ropes when they had to kill a four-minute high-sticking penalty to Robert Thomas. Within inches of trailing 3-0 when Colton Parayko fell on Kevin Hayes and Hayes’ own stick redirected the dribbling puck away from the goal line.

A game-tying goal by Brayden Schenn — moved down to the second line — came with 6 minutes 8 seconds to play in the game. And then the game-winner by Jaden Schwartz with 15 seconds to play. It all added up to a spellbinding 3-2 victory. If the Blues manage to close out this series, it will be a game talked about for years in team lore.

Up 3-2 in this best-of-seven series, the Blues can send Winnipeg packing with a victory Saturday at Enterprise Center.


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Video- Blues Score Three In The 3rd, Defeat Jets 3-2

The St. Louis Blues can advance to round 2 on Saturday night.

Explanation of the second goal by the Blues is below along with the game highlights.

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Winipeg Jets Even Their Series With The St. Louis Blues

from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet,

After an uneven 82-game regular season that saw them decline by 15 points, and two more playoff losses on home ice, the Winnipeg Jets went to St. Louis and rediscovered the formidable form that brought them within three wins of the Stanley Cup Final last spring.

Kyle Connor’s calm tap-in from Mark Scheifele’s centring pass at 6:02 of overtime gave the Jets a 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues and a 2-2 tie in their first-round series that seemed improbable after the Jets lost the first two games in Winnipeg.

But they looked like a team transformed in St. Louis, handling the Blues 6-3 on Sunday to climb back in the series and then following with Tuesday’s powerful performance even rookie miracle-worker Jordan Binnington was unable to ruin from his place in the St. Louis net.

Binnington, the 25-year-old who went 24-5-1 to magnificently seize his National Hockey League chance after the Blues promoted him from the minors in January, was superb again on Tuesday. And still it wasn’t enough for St. Louis.


Catch the game highlights below.

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Goaltending A Problem For The Winnipeg Jets

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“I really don’t like that question.”

Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck was taking on the media on a night when his team lost 4-3. He had been undoubtedly the second-best goalie in the game, and wasn’t going to go 0-2 against a bunch of guys with digital recorders in their hands.

The whiff of the game-winning goal, however, still lingered after a 4-3 loss. It was a semi-distant wrist shot from Ryan O’Reilly that had eluded Hellebuyck to the far side, eliciting the old hockey cliché from Paul Maurice:

“Yeah, he’s going to want that back,” winced the Jets coach.

Earlier, in fact, a scribe had asked Hellebuyck if there were “one or two” goals that he may have “wanted back.” Combative to the end — which we like about Hellebuyck — the goalie fired back.

“I would like every single goal I ever let in back,” he reasoned. “That’s kind of a loaded question.”

The Jets are down 0-2 and heading out on the road to St. Louis, their playoff lives hanging by a thread, and suddenly the goalie is a giving a master class in journalism instead of stopping pucks. Nice.


Game highlights are below.

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The Winnipeg Jets Lose The Game 1 Battle To The St. Louis Blues

from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,

Often it takes a while for the temperature to go up in a playoff series between teams without much post-season history.

The Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues hadn’t met in the Stanley Cup tournament since the early 1980s, so you half expected a feeling-out process for a period or two in Game 1.

There was one, but it lasted exactly 34 seconds.

That’s when Mark Scheifele, as unlikely a shift disturber as you’ll find in the Jets blue, lit a fire that sent the mercury bursting through the top of the glass.

Scheifele capped his first shift of the game by running over Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, who’d just handled a puck behind his own net and was trying to get back to his crease.

The collision sparked a much-deserved penalty for goalie interference along with the predictable attempt at retaliation from the Blues, Brayden Schenn dropping his gloves and inviting Scheifele to do the same.

With that, a new Central Division rivalry had its launch point.

Scheifele didn’t take Schenn’s bait and the Jets killed off the two minutes, but the Blues struck first blood in a 2-1 decision that set the table for a long, emotional playoff classic.


Catch the highlights below.

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Calgary, Toronto Or Winnipeg?

from Andrew Berkshire of Sportsnet,

The playoff landscape for Canadian teams is set following the Columbus Blue Jackets’ 3-2 shootout win the New York Rangers on Friday night. The Montreal Canadiens are eliminated, while the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and Calgary Flames remain in the picture, seeking to each become the first Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup since the 1992-93 Canadiens won 10 straight overtimes to capture an unlikely 24th Stanley Cup for the franchise against Wayne Gretzky’s Los Angeles Kings.

All three teams look strong on the surface, with the Flames posting the second-best record in the NHL, the Maple Leafs posting the sixth-best and the Jets in a dogfight to win the Central Division. But which team has the best chance to break that 25 year Cup drought for Canadian franchises?

In order to answer that question, you have to look at a wide array of data. Not all of the information can be compared apples to apples on a graph, so what makes sense to me is to break down a ton of statistics based on where each team ranks league-wide.


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