Check out the latest in this morning’s collection of notable NHL headlines.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jared Clinton notes a recent report claiming the Winnipeg Jets and defenseman Jacob Trouba remain far apart in contract negotiations, nothing the blueliner’s desire to move up in the Jets’ blue-line depth chart.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s be interesting to see how this gets sorted out. Trouba is coming off an entry-level contract and doesn’t have a lot of leverage to seek a lucrative long-term deal. However, Jets management reportedly considers him a key part of their future. If his usage is a concern, perhaps the Jets can dangle that as an enticement to accept a shorter, more cap-friendly deal.
TSN.CA: Speaking of Trouba, he and other currently unsigned restricted free agents slated to play in next month’s World Cup of Hockey will still be insured to play in the tournament if they’re still not under contract by that point.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Have to wonder if that upcoming tournament is being used as an artificial deadline to get agreements on new contracts by those unsigned players or their respective NHL teams.
KUKLA’S KORNER: The World Cup of Hockey broadcast schedule on ESPN has been released.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: “The Las Vegas NHL franchise has hired Wil Nichol as its director of player development as general manager George McPhee continues to build his hockey operations staff.” Nichol previously spent six seasons as an amateur scout for the Washington Capitals.