During his first radio hit of the day, NHL Insider Bob McKenzie was asked straight off for his latest on Jacob Trouba’s standoff with the Winnipeg Jets.
“There’s not much to give right now,” conceded McKenzie while on Toronto’s TSN 1050 Wednesday morning. “He’s not obviously playing. I don’t get the sense – and I could be wrong, because it only ever takes one phone call – but I don’t get the sense that he’s on the verge of being traded by the Winnipeg Jets, even though that’s what he’s asked.
“It’s a complicated situation because not only does Jacob Trouba not want to play for the Winnipeg Jets, he says because there are two right defensemen ahead of him – Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers. And the Jets were planning on playing (Trouba) on the left side, which is his wrong side. He said, ‘Let’s move on here. Get me somewhere else.’
“But not only is he looking for a trade, but he’s also looking for a contract. Now, the team that trades for him will know that the price of poker is certainly expensive and will have to give him the contract that he wants. But nevertheless, it does complicate things. Even if Trouba decided – and I’m not saying he would – but let’s say he wakes up one day and says, ‘You know what? I’m losing money. This trade doesn’t look like it’s going to happen anytime soon. I might as well go back and play for the Winnipeg Jets.’ Now he’s got to sort out the financial end of things. And that may be one of the root causes in the first place, as to why he wants to go. I’m not saying it is, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was.”
Reports have indicated that Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff is intent on only dealing Trouba for a like defenseman, which is a rare commodity at the best of times in the NHL and is likely why this trade scenario has been dragging on for months. It’ll be interesting to see if that asking price changes, but so far that doesn’t seem to be the case.
“Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets remain patient and consistent in their approach,” noted Darren Dreger Monday morning. “They’re not going to move this guy unless there is not just a reasonable trade option – a trade option that’s a perfect fit for them. I don’t think that they’ve stepped off their asking line of a left-shot, young, 22, 23-year-old defenseman, which is obviously very similar to Jacob Trouba.”
The Jets opened the season with a win against the Carolina Hurricanes, but then dropped decisions to the Minnesota Wild and Boston Bruins. That 1-2-0 record has the Jets tied with the Nashville Predators for last in the Central Division early on.
Source: TSN 1050
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