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Jacob Trouba ended his contract stalemate with the Winnipeg Jets, but I doubt it ends the speculation about his future. Publicly, everyone is saying the right things, but I truly believe Trouba might still welcome a change of scenery before this two-year deal ends. I mean, he made a pretty strong stand asking for a trade to begin with. He's a young man of conviction. But in the meantime, this is the smart move for everyone involved.
-Pierre LeBrun of TSN where you can read more on Trouba and many more hockey topics.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Taking a bridge deal was always the most likely outcome for Jacob Trouba.
So, now that Trouba has agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $6 million that carries an average annual value of $3 million, what does it mean for his long-term future with the Winnipeg Jets?
That question might take a little longer to decipher.
Since neither Trouba or his agent Kurt Overhardt spoke to the media after the deal was made official on Monday afternoon, it's tough to say what has changed in that camp since making a trade request in May that centred around usage and became public in late September when the defenceman didn't show up for training camp.
For the Jets, keeping Trouba in the fold and even keeping him long term was always the long-range play.
So for Cheveldayoff, Monday's move was a success, though one could argue a better play would have been to get Trouba signed to a six-year deal with an average annual value in the neighbourhood of $5.5 million.
from Bob McKenzie tweets,
I must be a dummy because I don't see how Trouba signing two-year bridge deal with $3M AAV makes him more likely to be traded now.
I don't see how that changes now that he signed. For any team acquiring Trouba, I never expected signing him was a big impediment to trade.
Any team that would've traded for him could've leveraged same bridge deal he did with WPG. If anything, Trouba may cost more down road now.
That said, having JT singed allows WPG to possibly trade on its timetable. If WPG was really intent on moving him, woulda been done already.
a few more recent tweets from McKenzie...
Per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman (more to come here)...
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added 3:48 PM: Here's the Jets' release:
There's no doubt in my mind the Jets have made it known to Trouba that the welcome mat remains out. They don't call it Friendly Manitoba for nothing, you know. And as my TSN colleague Darren Dreger speculated last week, it could friendly to the tune of a six-year, $5.5 million per year contract offer from the Jets if Trouba wishes to put aside whatever feelings are driving his trade request. That would be more than either Hampus Lindholm or Rasmus Ristolainen got from Anaheim and Buffalo, respectively; more than Toronto gave Morgan Reilly or Columbus gave Seth Jones.
So unless I'm misreading the situation on the Jets' end, the proverbial ball would appear to be in Trouba's court.
-Bob McKenzie of TSN where you can read more on Trouba
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
With Lindholm coming to terms, Trouba is the last of the high-profile restricted free agents who is still without a contract.
And while things could obviously change with one phone call, all signs point to this situation dragging out a while longer.
“Status quo,” agent Kurt Overhardt, who represents Trouba, said in a telephone interview on Thursday afternoon. “Nothing has changed. The document we put out still stands.”
The document Overhardt is referring to was the press release he sent out on September 24, the one which said Trouba had requested a trade back in May and isn't interested in playing on the left side (his off side)
While it's possible Trouba and his camp could have a change of heart if a trade hasn't been worked out before the Dec. 1 deadline for restricted free agents to sign in order to be eligible to play in the NHL this season, it's obvious the preferred next step for the ninth overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft is to see his rights traded to another club....
Clearly, there's a deal to be made if a team is serious enough about acquiring Trouba.
And if the Jets don't budge or lower the asking price, don't rule out Trouba returning in late November on a one-year deal that prevents him from playing overseas this season.
While not optimal for either side, the reality is that it could be easier to move Trouba next summer after the expansion draft has been held.
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
I think we all know that we wouldn’t be in this situation right now if it wasn’t a young man’s game,” said Kurt Overhardt, who represents Trouba. “Part of it is systemic. But the other part is the skill level of players coming out of junior and college and Europe is pretty incredible.
“We’ve got 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds playing huge roles on teams. And at 22 years old, a player doe
sn’t want to stay around waiting if he thinks his ability is greater than the opportunity he’s been given, because there’s really great players in front of him.”...
As Group 2 restricted free agents, neither Trouba nor Lindholm has much in the way of negotiating leverage. So they sit and wait, while hoping their absence forces their respective teams — Winnipeg is 1-1-0 and Anaheim is 0-2-1 — into making a deal.
“The season is more than three games,” said player agent Claude Lemieux, who represents Lindholm. “Trying to get a long-term deal is more than just the performance of the team during a short period of time. There’s definitely motivation from both sides to try and get a deal done.”
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Regarding the Rangers, who already will have completed more than 1/40 of their season after Monday’s match at the Garden against Stanley Cup finalist San Jose:
My, how time flies when you’re taking care of the defensive zone.
Yes indeed, wayward Winnipeg right defenseman Jacob Trouba fills a crying need for the Rangers, both in present and future tense, and the Blueshirts might well be able to get him for, say, Brady Skjei and Chris Kreider, maybe even for Skjei and J.T. Miller. They might as well add Dylan McIlrath to the package.
But that price is too high, even if it is obvious that the Blueshirts’ right side is questionable at full strength and already stressed attempting to cope with injuries to Dan Girardi (sidelined indefinitely with the hip flexor he sustained Saturday) and Kevin Klein (perhaps in against the Sharks after missing the first two with lower back problems). It is too high even if it seems at first blush as if the Rangers have an abundance of wingers.
There is no rush. The clock on Trouba, the 22-year-old unsigned free agent who is seeking a trade, won’t begin to tick meaningfully until the NHL’s Dec. 1 sign-or-else deadline comes into focus.
continued plus more on the Rangers...
As I mentioned a few days ago, Sportsnet has removed the ability to embed videos and also the automated tweeting of videos with one click.
So in order to keep you updated on the latest hockey news, I will at times point to videos at Sportsnet and do note, the videos are autoplay.
On Saturday Headlines, the panel of Ron MacLean, Nick Kypreos, Kelly Hrudey and Elliotte Friedman discussed.... The marketing of Auston Matthews, not much happening with Jacob Trouba, an update Hampus Lindholm contract talks and a few more topics.
Coach's Corner with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed the P.K. Subban/Shea Weber trade, the Andrew Shaw slew foot, Connor McDavid as the captain of the Edmonton Oilers and many other topics, mostly on the Canadian teams.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Jacob Trouba is a decent young defenceman in the NHL, asking for the moon, now playing the waiting game. He wants too much money and too much term and an assurance of sorts that he gets to play his side of choice, which has led to his wanting to be traded by the Winnipeg Jets.
The Jets, meanwhile, have asked for way too much in trade talks for Trouba, asking prices some NHL general managers are calling unreasonable. So who blinks first here? The 22 year old or the team?
It’s not a great position for either side to take, frankly, but most of the leverage sits with the club, which could use Trouba, make him sit, or trade him for something of quality. Right now, neither side is winning. Trouba isn’t in camp, won’t be getting paid when the season starts, and doesn’t really have a team. And the Jets don’t have the player or a return. Until further notice, everybody is a loser in this scenario.
more observations from Simmons, mostly on the World Cup...
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Jets have been in build mode for a long time. They require players who can contribute now, namely a left-shot defenseman to slot ahead of Toby Enstrom and ex-Bruin Mark Stuart and complement righties Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers.
So while the Bruins would love to add Trouba’s right-shot touch to replace Hamilton (and Johnny Boychuk, for that matter), they don’t have Winnipeg’s preferred piece. Yes, Torey Krug is a left-shot defenseman, young, and under control for four seasons at $5.25 million annually. He would help any team’s power play, including Winnipeg’s.
But Trouba is an all-around, minutes-gobbling, do-it-all horse. Krug has improved his five-on-five game, but he will never be known as a go-to penalty killer (just 38 shorthanded seconds per appearance last season). Of Trouba’s 22:03 of average ice time last season, 2:43 took place on the penalty kill, while he logged 1:17 on the power play.
Trouba has the foundation of becoming the next iteration of Drew Doughty. The Bruins could only land Trouba if they sent Krug on his flight to Winnipeg with a fellow passenger. The Jets would ask for David Pastrnak. Whether that price would be palatable for the Bruins is difficult to determine.
more on Trouba plus other hockey topics...
from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,
If I’m the Winnipeg Jets, I’m not trading Jacob Trouba just because he wants out.
There’s simply too much on the line.
Winnipeg is a small market and not a particularly desirable one for NHL players with many attractive options.
The Jets are a draft and develop team because they have to be to have any hope of being successful. It’s imperative they hold on to the assets they acquire through the draft.
To have a 22-year-old player with three seasons under his belt demand a trade because he’s unhappy is a terrible sign.
To cave to that player would be even worse.
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.
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 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.
from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,
So, what’s the issue with getting Trouba under contract? Well, according to TSN’s Gary Lawless, just about everything.
“(The Jets and Trouba are) apart everywhere,” Lawless said on TSN’s That’s Hockey. “They’re apart on money, they’re apart on term and they’re apart on usage. Jacob Trouba doesn’t want to play in the bottom pairing anymore. He wants to play with Dustin Byfuglien or one of the other top four D in Winnipeg. He wants power-play time. He wants to be a big part of what they’re doing in Winnipeg if he’s going to be here for a long time.”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Trouba wants to be paid what he feels he’s worth, especially if he’s going to sign a long-term deal. Disputes over money and term are common in contract negotiations. However, following the past two seasons, and especially after a 2015-16 campaign in which some felt he took a step back, there seems to be concerns about whether Trouba deserves to be paid like a top-pairing blueliner. The fact of the matter, though, is that barring a trade, Trouba is likely to sign either a long-term deal that pays him like a top-four defenseman or a bridge deal that sees him in line for a raise a few seasons down the road.
More interesting than the debate about money and term, then, is Trouba’s concern about his usage and where he fits into the Jets’ lineup.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
... That's why a bridge of a season or two still seems to make the most sense right now.
If Trouba can continue to log big minutes and increase his offensive production, the Jets will be happy to pay him big bucks over a longer term.
One of the potential problems is that as long as Dustin Byfuglien, Tyler Myers and to a certain degree Toby Enstrom remain in the fold and healthy, there haven't been many power-play minutes available for Trouba, which has an obvious impact on his point totals.
But the Jets appear to hold much of the leverage when it comes to this round of negotiations, so Trouba's options seem pretty straightforward.
Sign a bridge deal and bet on himself to progress and cash in next time or lower his salary demands on a longer-term contract, assuming that's what he wants.
If neither of those possibilities appeal to Trouba, that's where things could get dicey.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Trouba checks off a lot of the boxes: He’s 6-3, 202 lbs; he’s a right-hand shot; he can play physically; he has an excellent shot, and he can work the power play. All of that and he doesn’t turn 23 until this coming February.
So we asked a couple of scouts whose opinions we trust. Does Trouba, coming off a fall-back season at age 22 have a chance to be a genuine No. 1?
“Look at all the blue-lines across the league,” began an Eastern Conference scout, “and ask who in the league is 25 or younger, who has real big upside? You have to come to Jacob Trouba.
“He can shoot a puck. He’s a heady player. He’s not a fighter, but he can play physically, and he’ll take a hit to make a play. March him forward a couple years, to 25, 26, 27, and you’ll have a Top 1-2 guy. That’s a pretty fair projection for me.”
The feeling, however, was not unanimous.
“For sure I’d say no,” said a Western Conference scout when I asked him if he projected Trouba as a No. 1. “Not unless he gets a lot smarter.”
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...
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Cheveldayoff’s most important decision will be the future of Jacob Trouba. Like Byfuglien, Trouba is a three-zone, right-shot defenseman.
But while the Jets have a good projection of Byfuglien’s next five seasons, they don’t have the same clarity with Trouba. Nobody does with 21-year-old defensemen. Trouba could develop into Winnipeg’s version of Drew Doughty. Or he could round into more of a muted but still dependable defenseman like Erik Johnson.
Trouba will be restricted after this season. His asking price will start at Dougie Hamilton’s six-year, $34.5 million contract. It will be up to Cheveldayoff whether sinking $18.85 million into three right-side defensemen (Byfuglien, Trouba, and Tyler Myers) is a good investment. If Cheveldayoff can stomach that price, Toby Enstrom could be the defenseman to go. If not, the Jets will reluctantly put Trouba on the market and expect a Ryan Johansen-type return.
more on the Jets and additional hockey topics...
from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
The Winnipeg Jets are facing more than $152 million worth of future contract demands from three key players who are in expiring years of their contracts.
League and player sources have confirmed that Jets captain Andrew Ladd has asked for a six-year deal worth at least $41 million, that defenceman Dustin Byfuglien has requested $55 million over eight years and that defenceman Jacob Trouba wants more than $56 million over the maximum eight years allowed in the league’s CBA with its players.
It’s important to note that these numbers have been basically starting points from each of the player’s camps in their negotiations with the Jets. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has not commented at all on potential progress or stumbling blocks to talks.
Among Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox's "Saturday Headlines":
- Cox says that the NHL wants to revamp the coach's challenge for offsides by placing television cameras overhead and along the boards on the blueline (for testing in New York area arenas), or possibly changing the offsides rule to breaking the plane of the blueline (the puck would have to cross first);
- Friedman says that once Mike Richards' court date on Wednesday is heard, if there is a resolution, teams will speak to his agent, Pat Morris, about potential employment;
- Friedman also says that the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba will probably wait until after the season before they exchange more contract numbers (Trouba is restricted-to-be);
- Cox states that at the NHL's Board of Governors meeting next week, the NHL will end its compensation system for coaches and executives, going forward, anyway. The teams that owe others draft picks will still have to honor them;
- Exiting COO John Collins won't be replaced "for the next little while";
- And the Board of Governors will discuss what kind of expansion do the Governors want and what teams they want to see;
- Friedman states that Viktor Tikhonov is on waivers most likely because Bryan Bickell will return to the Blackhawks;
- And the Canadiens-Bruins Winter Classic will be preceded by the NWHL's Les Canadiennes playing the Boston Pride outside.
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There was no penalty on the play.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Last season might have been a seminal one for the Winnipeg Jets -- who returned to the playoffs for the first time since moving back to the prairies from Atlanta at the end of the 2011 season -- but a first-round sweep at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks revealed just how much work is ahead for the hard-luck franchise.
That’s where Jacob Trouba comes in. General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has painstakingly built a big, fast, physical team, and Trouba is a cornerstone member of a young defensive corps that has a chance to be among the league’s best.
Last season, the Jets finished tied for 10th in goals against per game after years of being a league doormat in that defensive category. Trouba was the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft and joined the Jets after a stellar freshman season at the University of Michigan. He made the jump from college hockey almost seamlessly, leading all rookie skaters in average ice time per game in 2013-14 and earning serious consideration for the Calder Trophy despite missing almost a month because of injury. Trouba's absence from the lineup was a factor in the Jets' missing the playoffs that spring.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
As big a splash as Trouba made starting as a 19-year-old straight out of college, the Rochester, Michigan, product wants more of a role in Year 2.
“As big as I can get it,” a grinning Trouba said, Monday, after a pre-training camp skate at the Iceplex. “I want to play on the power play this year, for sure. That’s something you’ve got to earn. Playing in big spots is something I want to do. That again is something that’s earned, from your teammates and your coaches.”
Trouba says he’ll be searching for consistency this year. Playing a full season, too.
Injuries, including a scary neck injury, limited him to 65 games as a rookie. He still managed 10 goals and 29 points.
“That’s something I really want to focus on, is showing up every night and being the best I can,” he said. “Taking another step on this team to become more of a significant player and play in different spots... I want to have a big impact this year.”
The Jets hope head coach Paul Maurice can help
If you missed the injury, you can watch it here...
Very scary stuff, via Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy: Winnipeg Jets forward Jacob Trouba just plain old missed St. Louis Blues defenseman Jordan Leopold and he wound up going face-first into the end boards:
Update: Good news:
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
As far as first impressions go in this young NHL season, Jacob Trouba certainly opened some eyes.
The 19-year-old rookie blueliner from Michigan played a whopping 25:02 in his first NHL game on Tuesday night. Oh, and he had a goal and an assist with a plus-2 rating in Winnipeg’s season-opening win at Edmonton.
But what impressed me the most was the poise he played with.
"We certainly hope that that trend continues, and that’s what we saw in preseason," Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff told ESPN.com Friday. "And he got better every preseason game. He played high minutes in each of those games. The coaching staff tried to expose him in preseason to the other team’s best players to try and gauge where he was at. That was good. And obviously the first game, you don’t want to get too far ahead of yourself, but it was nice for all parties involved to see, for sure."
continue for more on the Jets, plus some Tim Thomas talk, Leafs, Senators and Canadiens too...
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
It's right there in black and white in the National Hockey League's coaches' handbook:
Don't gush too early and too much about rookies until the real bullets start flying.
And so it was late Thursday -- not long after the Boston Bruins' 3-2 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets -- when Claude Noel clamped down hard on his tongue while offering, then tempering, his praise of young defenceman Jacob Trouba.
"For a 19-year-old player I think he makes good decisions, he plays hard, he plays a lot of minutes and makes a lot of good decisions," said the Jets' boss. "There's some good stability in his game."
Asked if he had done enough to earn a spot as one of the team's top six defencemen, Noel added:
"That will be determined, but it's hard to believe... well, it's hard to say. For me, he looks good right now."
Actually, "good" doesn't begin to describe Trouba's play, particularly over the past two games. He was arguably the best of the Jets again Thursday -- goalie Ondrej Pavelec was pretty darn steady, too -- in racking up 23 minutes and 28 seconds of ice time and blocking two shots. There were some miscues, as he did finish minus-1 and was charged with two giveaways, but he played a lot of minutes in a variety of situations and looked comfortable.