During a Wednesday afternoon appearance on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290, the status of restricted free agent Jacob Trouba was bound to come up for NHL Insider Darren Dreger.
“No real developments,” indicated Dreger. “Again, it depends on who you talk to. I believe that the calling and the dialogue between general managers and Cheveldayoff is fairly consistent, if not daily. But unless something materializes, there’s probably not going to be a lot of movement. And by materializing, I mean – Gary (Lawless) has told this story 100 times since that Saturday when Trouba and Kurt Overhardt came out and said publically that he wanted out.
“The pressure point is going to be around the middle of November. At that point, Winnipeg is going to know where they’re trending in terms of the regular season. But more importantly because of the December 1 cut-off for Jacob Trouba, I’ve got to believe that he’s going to be getting pretty antsy by November 15 if there isn’t a trade close or nothing that Winnipeg would be willing to consider.
“And maybe – and this is my own speculation – at that point then the two sides come back together and you look at the potential of mending fence and getting him back into the mix. But that’s all just, again, speculation on my point at this stage.”
Kevin Cheveldayoff has been consistently guarded with the media concerning all negotiations, and the Trouba situation has been no different.
“We’ve said and we’re going to be consistent from the beginning that I’m really not going to comment on this situation with regards to where it’s at or where it could go,” reiterated the general manager Wednesday afternoon while on Sportsnet 590. “We’re going to do what’s right for the organization, and rest assured – there’s been lots of work on this.”
Since the impression has been given that there had been no contract negotiations for quite awhile prior to that trade request going public, Cheveldayoff is no doubt alluding to the amount of trade calls fielded and made regarding his talented defenseman.
Dreger himself has pointed out several times this week that he believes the Jets haven’t come off their asking price of a young, left-shot defenseman in exchange for Trouba.
Colleague Bob McKenzie noted as recently as Wednesday morning that he didn’t get the sense that Trouba was yet on the verge of being traded.
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