The December deadline for Jacob Trouba to sign a new contract is still looming, but the Winnipeg Jets appear willing to wait it out to get fair value for Trouba or see him have a change of heart.
It’s been two weeks since Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba requested a trade. It doesn’t appear as though a deal is coming anytime soon.
Appearing on TSN 1040, Darren Dreger said Detroit Red Wings general managers Ken Holland had discussions with Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff regarding the 23-year-old blueliner. While Holland could be willing to move anyone except promising center Dylan Larkin, Dreger claims there’s doesn’t appear to be anyone in the Wings organization that’s a fit for the Jets right now.
CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty believes Trouba could help the Boston Bruins blueline. He wonders, however, wonders if the rearguard is worth the cost of return and contract.
The Jets reportedly seek a top-four left-handed shot of comparable age and skills as a replacement for Trouba. Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, 25, seemingly fits the bill, but Haggerty doubts he’ll be enough to tempt the Jets. He believes the Bruins would have to add a sweetener such as David Pastrnak or Frank Vatrano as part of the deal.
Re-signing Trouba could also get expensive. Haggerty speculates he could seek a deal comparable to the six-year, $34-million contract of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones.
Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Sun’s Ted Wyman and Sportsnet’s Mark Spector believe Cheveldayoff shouldn’t give in to Trouba’s trade request. Doing so, they claim, would set a bad example for other young Jets to follow if they’re unhappy with their role on the club. Spector also doubts the Jets will get fair value in a Trouba trade.
Hanging over this is the Dec. 1 deadline to re-sign Trouba. If he’s not under contract by that date, he’ll be ineligible to play the remainer of this season. Cheveldayoff is reportedly willing to remain patient for the right offer to come along or for Trouba to have a change of heart. It could take several weeks to determine which side gets its way.
CANADIENS’ CONDON COULD BE TRADE BAIT
Goaltender Mike Condon’s days with the Montreal Canadiens could be drawing to a close. Sportsnet’s Eric Engels reports two Western Conference clubs had some interest in the 26-year-old backup, suggesting a trade is a possibility.
Condon did a decent job filling in for a sidelined Carey Price last season. However, his future with the Canadiens was in doubt when they signed veteran backup Al Montoya in July. The Habs could demote him, but he probably wouldn’t pass unclaimed through waivers.
If Condon is on the trade block, the San Jose Sharks could be one of those two Western clubs Engels referred to. They lack an experienced backup for starter Martin Jones.
Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.). For more great profiles, news and views from the world of hockey, subscribe to The Hockey News magazine.