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from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
As the team believed to be considering an offer sheet for Trouba, you can expect GM Don Sweeney to at least kick the tires.
Torey Krug would have to be part of a package that includes a draft pick or forward prospect, but the Bruins don't have much leeway when it comes to the salary cap either.
Detroit Red Wings
Could it be a happy homecoming for the Michigan product?
The Red Wings would certainly like to have Trouba on the right side along with Mike Green.
Would a package involving Danny DeKeyser make sense?
DeKeyser is a guy the Jets tried to sign as a college free agent and is under contract with an average annual value of $5 million for the next six seasons after signing an extension last summer.
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from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
It's obvious Cheveldayoff isn't going to trade Trouba to the next GM who calls, even though the demand has gone public.
And Trouba is bang-on.
There are plenty of teams in the NHL who would like to bring a talented right-handed shooting defenceman on board.
All the Jets need to do is find a team willing to part with a suitable package and have the money available to pay Trouba what he and his agent believe he is worth.
As a draft-and-developing team, losing the prime years of Trouba's career is a blow for the organization.
That's why the Jets won't be shy about waiting a little longer to make a deal that makes sense.
If the request was made in May, you can be sure plenty of teams have called with an offer.
Getting fair market value for a player who has publicly declared he wants out can be a challenge, but Cheveldayoff has an attractive asset in his possession and he's going to try and get as much back for Trouba as he can.
via a release from the Winnipeg Jets,
Kevin Cheveldayoff, Executive Vice-President & General Manager, today issued the following statement on behalf of the Winnipeg Jets with regards to defenceman Jacob Trouba:
“We are aware of the statement issued by Kurt Overhardt regarding Jacob Trouba.
Over the last three seasons, Jacob Trouba has played a key role for the Winnipeg Jets and in our view still represents an important part of the long-term future of our club. As such, any decisions made regarding Jacob Trouba will be made in the best interest of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club.
As an unsigned player, we cannot compel Jacob to report to training camp at this time. However, we will continue to work diligently to resolve this matter. We will have no further comment on this matter until such time as it is resolved.”
It appears Jacob Trouba‘s time with the Winnipeg Jets will soon come to an end.
The 22-year-old defenceman, who was picked ninth overall in the 2012 NHL Draft, has requested a trade from the Jets and will not attend training camp. He is currently a restricted free agent. On Saturday, Trouba’s agent Kurt Overhardt released a statement to the media, a copy of which was obtained by Sportsnet:
“Our client, Jacob Trouba, will not be attending the Winnipeg Jets NHL training camp. Since May, we have been working with the Jets management in an effort to facilitate a trade of Jacob’s rights. Both parties continue to work on this matter.
There has been no negotiation regarding the terms of a contract between our client and the Jets over the course of the last several months. The situation is not about money; it is solely about our client having the opportunity to realize his potential as a right shot NHL defenseman.
To the Jets credit, the club has two outstanding right shot veteran defensemen and our client simply wants the opportunity to have a greater role. As a consequence of the Jets depth on the right side, we believe it is in both parties’ best interest to facilitate a mutually advantageous trade.
Our client has nothing but respect for the people and City of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Jets, its fans, management and ownership - our desire to get him moved has everything to do with opportunity. We will continue to work with the Jets in good faith to achieve this end."
added 7:45pm, Spoertsnet has added quotes from Trouba, so click the link above to read theem.
A Winnipeg couple say they will file a human rights complaint against the NHL for a policy requiring their breastfeeding baby to have a full-price ticket to the upcoming Heritage Classic, even after the league apologized and offered them free tickets.
Clifford Anderson and Shalyn Meady went public with their concerns earlier this week, after learning they would have to spend an extra $400 for their six-month-old son, William, to attend the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg next month....
On Thursday, Anderson told CBC News that the NHL's vice-president of marketing contacted him to offer two complimentary tickets.
"They were very polite and apologized for the fact that we were unhappy with the situation and offered us tickets, two tickets to the Heritage Classic," he said.
However, he said there were two catches — the couple could not publicize the ticket offer if they accepted it, and he was told similar arrangements would not be offered to other families with young children.
Anderson said they declined the league's offer. Instead, he and Meady want the NHL to change its policy so families can bring children under the age of two to the Heritage Classic game without tickets.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
The Winnipeg Jets and Trouba’s camp have done a nice job of keeping the state of negotiations private, but the fact a deal hasn’t been made yet is getting closer to becoming an issue.
To this point, it’s best to compare the state of negotiations to a staring contest.
Basically, it looks like the Jets and Trouba’s agent Kurt Overhardt are waiting for the other side to blink.
Neither has drawn that final line in the sand and there’s probably still some room to make concessions and how soon they find a way to bridge the gap is likely going to determine whether this gets done in the near future or stretches into early October.
That’s when the threat of a holdout moves from possibility to reality and the closer it gets to the season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 13, the greater chance it becomes a distraction for the Jets.
from Nick Wells of CTV,
A Winnipeg couple is willing to drop the gloves with National Hockey League after they were told to buy a $400 ticket for their six-month-old son to attend the 2016 Heritage Classic game.
Clifford Anderson and Shalyn Meady say they shelled out $800 for two tickets several months ago, and only recently discovered they would need to buy another ticket for their infant son.
The 2016 Heritage Classic will feature the Winnipeg Jets taking on the Edmonton Oilers at Investors Group Field on Oct. 23.
Anderson said he contacted the Winnipeg Jets and was referred to the National Hockey League.
"Everyone needs a ticket and everyone needs a seat, including babies," said Anderson. "That's what I was told."
Watch a CTV Winnipeg report below...
Winnipeg, MB - The Winnipeg Jet Hockey Club announced today that Blake Wheeler will be the club’s new captain with Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele serving as alternate captains.
Wheeler, 30, has been with the organization for the past seven seasons, serving the last three years as an alternate captain to Andrew Ladd. Wheeler has become one of the NHL’s top forwards, finishing tied for sixth in league scoring in 2015-16 with 78 points (26G, 52A). The native of Plymouth, Minn. has been in the NHL for nine seasons, playing for the Jets, Thrashers and Boston Bruins. Over his career, he has 440 points (173G, and 267A) in 615 career NHL games. Wheeler is fourth all-time in franchise scoring with 330 points (123G, 207A) in 394 games. Blake signed a six-year contract extension with the Jets in 2013.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
You’ve got to be sure.
Whether the question is, “Is Jacob Trouba a top-pairing defenceman?” Or, “Can I win a Stanley Cup with Sean Monahan as my first-line centre?” an NHL general manager has to absolutely sure he knows the answer before he starts handing out long-term deals to young, restricted free agents on just their second contract.
That is where the Jets are with their unsigned 22-year-old right-shot defenceman Trouba, a player on whom the hockey world is split. He is big (6-foot-3, 202 lbs.), mobile and shoots the puck well. But the question persists when you talk to people around the National Hockey League:
Is Trouba destined to be a top pairing defenceman on a good team? That’s the projection the Jets are facing, as Trouba’s camp is likely asking to be paid and played like a top-pairing defenceman.
Averaging eight goals and 24 points per season over his first three campaigns, the scoring numbers don’t add up to a top-pairing guy. And as one NHL exec asked, “Does Trouba make his teammates better?”
continued plus Johnny Gaudreau mentioned too...
from Scott Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
It’s been noted by some media Trouba may be concerned with his role on the team and where he fits in. This is something very real to me — let’s dig deeper.
Good players are concerned about the role they have on the team, and how comfortable they are with that situation is of vital importance. Head coach Paul Maurice finally allowed Trouba to be free of blue-line partnerMark Stuart for some good times last season and the dynamic duo of Dustin Byfuglien and Trouba performed well. That required Trouba to play the left side — not something he was totally comfortable with — but he was obviously happy to play with superb talent.
Trouba said he hoped to play one side or the other — not to be switched back and forth — but I can’t see Maurice guaranteeing any player anything. There may be nights when he needs to spread out the defensive talent over the six spots, relegating Trouba into "Stuart territory."
But for fun, let’s say Maurice guaranteed Trouba would always play in one of the top-four defence pairings with Byfuglien, Tyler Myers or Toby Enstrom. On the surface, left-shooting Enstrom would seem to be the best match, so Trouba could play his natural right-side position. Putting Myers and Byfuglien together, however, would be a disaster.
Therein lies the problem for Trouba. He’s far and away the Jets’ best choice to switch over from the right side. Myers and Byfuglien are hampered by their foot speed and quickness when tight to the puck.
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