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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.
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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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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."
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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.