Latest on the Trouba Trade Watch – September 26, 2016
Latest on possible trade destinations for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba in your NHL rumor mill.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Paul Wiecek is very critical of how Winnipeg Jets defenseman (and restricted free agent) Jacob Trouba and his agent were all over the place in their public comments regarding contract talks leading up to his recent trade request. He’s also skeptical that the motivation behind the request was his desire to play more time on the right side of the blueline, where he’s more comfortable.
Wiecek believes Trouba going public with his desire to be dealt lowers his trade value, which wasn’t at a high point because of the decline in his production over the course of his short NHL tenure. He feels it’s in the Jets best interest not to honor his trade request and let him rot.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe examines possible trade destinations for Trouba, listing the Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers as possible trade options. Wiebe also notes the Jets have plenty of forwards in their pipeline and are looking to improve their depth in left-shooting defensemen, though that doesn’t mean they’ll limit themselves to that in seeking a return for Trouba.
While the Coyotes have a number of prospects, they’re lacking in left-handed defensemen, though Wiebe speculates a larger package including a young Coyotes forward or prospect might interest the Jets. He expects defenseman Torey Krug would have to part of any deal with the Bruins, who don’t have a lot of salary-cap space.
Wiebe notes there were rumors this summer of a Matt Duchene-for-Trouba swap with the Avalanche, while wondering if a package from the Wings containing Danny DeKeyser would make sense.
The Flyers have a couple of left-handed prospects in their system such as Ivan Provorov, but they’re unlikely to part with him. They also have salary cap issues.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples reports the Oilers have an over-abundance of left-shooting defensemen, suggesting any one of “Oscar Klefbom, Brandon Davidson, Darnell Nurse or even Griffin Reinhart would help out the Jets.” He also notes that, for cap reasons, the Oilers would have to give up a salaried player in any deal for Trouba. Staples points out Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli and coach Todd McLellan had ample opportunity to assess Trouba’s play for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.
Staples also took note of some of the complaints out of Winnipeg from some in the local media and some of Trouba’s teammates regarding his trade request. Ultimately, he’s betting Trouba lands with Detroit, Boston or Arizona.
EDMONTON SUN: Jim Matheson also weighs in on the Trouba trade request, noting there’s speculation the Oilers should offer up left-shooting defenseman Darnell Nurse to the Jets. However, the Oilers remain keen on Nurse, believing him to be a five-tool blueliner. Dealing away Oscar Klefbom would take away the Oilers best left-side rearguard. Matheson suggests offering up Brandon Davidson along with a forward, though he says he’s just spit-balling.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports the Boston Bruins had interest in Trouba earlier this summer, even putting together a potential offer sheet plan, though that eventually fell through. Haggerty believes this is a golden opportunity for the Bruins to bolster their blueline. A package offer of Ryan Spooner, Joe Morrow and a first-round pick would be considerable, but perhaps not enough to land Trouba. He speculates the Jets might want a blue-chip prospect like Brandon Carlo or someone like Adam McQuaid who can step in immediately to replace Trouba.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan believes the Detroit Red Wings could have interest in Trouba, but coming up with players or prospects to interest the Jets, as well as clearing sufficient cap space to re-sign the blueliner, could be difficult.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Craig Morgan reports via Twitter mentioning several times that the Arizona Coyotes had interest in Trouba. While that interest still exists, Morgan adds that doesn’t mean a deal gets done.
TSN (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Darren Dreger reports Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff won’t be in a hurry to move Trouba. He believes Cheveldayoff wants a good young defenseman under contract as part of the return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, the Jets could let Trouba “rot”, but ultimately that won’t resolve anything. I disagree that this trade request hurts his value. There’s a big need among several clubs for skilled young right-shooting defensemen. What Cheveldayoff must do is find a deal that most benefits his team.
Of the teams listed by Wiebe, we can rule out the Flyers. They have limited cap space and are quite keen on Provorov. With the Avs having made a coaching change this summer, I don’t believe they’re looking to shake up their roster right now, so forget about a deal for Duchene.
I believe the Wings would love to land Trouba, but they also don’t have a lot of cap space to work with. I don’t see them parting with DeKeyser. If the Jets want a left-handed young d-man under contract, they won’t have interest in a forward such as Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist. Unless the Oilers are willing to part with Nurse or Klefbom, I don’t see a fit there.
That leaves the Coyotes and Bruins, though both also have to keep an eye on their cap space in order to re-sign Trouba. The Coyotes have lots of promising young assets. If the Bruins are willing to part with Krug for Trouba, there could be a fit there.