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Trouba Re-Signs

The longest holdout into this season is over.  Jacob Trouba re-signed with the Winnipeg Jets.  He signed a two year bridge deal with a $3 million salary cap hit.  Essentially he lost his holdout and signed something that must have been "on the table" all summer long. 

The CBA is such that there is little that a player in Trouba's situation can do for leverage.  Until a player has played long enough to qualify for salary arbitration, the team can largely dictate the terms the player signs.  Where the player wins is when he reaches unrestricted free agency.  I think it is clear that Trouba will not stay in Winnipeg under any foreseeable circumstances. 

Trouba claimed his holdout was because he wanted to play right defence on the Jets and he saw Dustn Byfuglien and Tyler Myers ahead of him on the depth chart.  While it is clear that Byfuglien is going to stay ahead of him on the depth chart for a while, it isn't clear that Myers is ahead of him.  Myers has missed about half the games this season due to injury and it isn't clear that his play - when is healthy - puts him in front of Trouba.  Trouba's public argument for a holdout was a weak one.  The desire to leave Winnipeg is most likely because it has the coldest average temperatures of any NHL city.  There is a significant change in lifestyle to get out of a city that spends most of the NHL season below freezing.  I think that is likely Trouba's real desire to leave Winnipeg.  However he failed - at least for now.

Winnipeg is a better team if Jacob Trouba wants to be there and plays his best game now that he joins their line-up.  I am uncertain that is the situation.  I don't think he is happy that he lost his holdout and is stuck in Winnipeg at least for the next while. 

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