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Bruins to ‘offer sheet’ Trouba?

Take this for what you will, from CSNNE's Joe Haggerty:

According to a hockey source, Don Sweeney and the Boston Bruins “are preparing an offer sheet” this week for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba as an aggressive option to land a No. 1 defenseman after trades didn’t pan out at last weekend’s NHL Draft.

The Bruins have watched Trouba closely for some time, and clearly have an interest in the 22-year-old D-man with size, offensive abilities and a workhorse nature that’s seen him average more than 22 minutes of ice time per game since entering the league as a 19-year-old.

Trouba is coming off a six-goal, 21-point season while playing in 81 games for the Jets, and was a career-best plus-10 for Winnipeg. With Trouba, a restricted free agent, and the Jets locked into big money deals to fellow right shot D-men in Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers, the writing has been on the wall for some time that the Jets would need to give one of them up.

Now it appears the Bruins may be willing to put their money, and their assets, where their interest is, and come up with an offer sheet that totals a minimum of $47 million for Trouba’s services.

Continued with an explanation as to why that financial total is important...

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d ca's avatar

I don’t get it.

The Winnipeg Jets have 20.16M in cap space and the Bruins have 21.6M in cap space. It’s not like they can’t simply match the offer sheet.

Plus it’s not like a player NMC matters when you are stuck in Winnipeg…I mean who wouldn’t waive it when they match the contract?

Is this about the expansion draft protections and forcing Winnipeg to trade Tyler Myers? or is someone counting on them spending only to the floor?

Posted by d ca on 06/28/16 at 10:47 PM ET


Posted by d ca on 06/28/16 at 10:47 PM ET

Don’t believe anything you read for the next 3 days. “According to a hockey source” give me a *#$%@& break.

Posted by weswolverine on 06/28/16 at 11:00 PM ET

bigdee89's avatar

Yeah it sounds like a garbage report.  Trouba could be good but I don’t think he’s worth 4 1st round picks and a large contract that could be bad if he doesn’t develop further.  Too much risk in a cap world.

Posted by bigdee89 from The Great White North Eh? on 06/28/16 at 11:13 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

Don’t believe anything you read for the next 3 days. “According to a hockey source” give me a *#$%@& break.

Posted by weswolverine on 06/28/16 at 11:00 PM ET

Finally!!!  Very very true!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/29/16 at 12:07 AM ET


The Bruins must think Winnipeg has an internal cap number it can’t go over.  However, Winnipeg will certainly match and trade Myers or Byfuglien (he’d have to waive his no-movement clause).

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/29/16 at 07:04 AM ET

Chet's avatar

let them do it.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 06/29/16 at 07:31 AM ET


Sometimes an offer sheet is used as a means to broker a trade. Instead of the 4 first round picks, Winnipeg might be interested in some other Boston assets and agree to that trade rather than matching or taking the 4.

Winnipeg may not have an internal cap but they do have to worry about being able to keep the young talented assets moving forward. Matching the Trouba offer would almost certainly require them to move or lose one of those assets at some point.

Posted by evileye on 06/29/16 at 11:03 AM ET

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