Jacob Trouba ended his holdout with the Winnipeg Jets in early November, putting a halt to a host of speculation on where he might be dealt given the trade request his camp had made.
The two sides agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract and at the time, the general sentiment among the Insiders seemed to be that this wasn’t going to be an immediate sign-and-trade situation. So far, that has proven to be true. Trouba and the Jets are co-existing just fine.
The team sits sixth in the Central Division though, and could potentially miss the playoffs again.
During a lengthy Friday morning discussion on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 which included a section on the Jets’ issues, NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman was asked if the franchise’s struggles meant we could potentially see Trouba in play earlier than we might have expected.
“I think Trouba is almost always in play. I really do.” said Friedman. “I still think there are teams – nobody looks at this two-year deal as a long term solution. I just think that Winnipeg’s thought process hasn’t changed. ‘You’re going to have to make it worth it to us to do it.’ I think at some point in time somebody is going to. I do.
“They’ve made their peace, their short term bridge peace, as you say. And I think eventually, this will become something that everybody has to deal with again. Winnipeg set a price. As far as they’re concerned, this is what the price is. And I think teams know that. This is what the price for defensemen is now, and at some point in time I think somebody will pay it.
“But I think what this two-year deal did was it got it out of the front pages and put it on the back burner, but I think it’s always still there.”
Source: Sportsnet 960
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