NHL Rumor Mill – September 8, 2016
Updates on Jacob Trouba, Kris Versteeg & more in your NHL rumor mill.
TSN 1290 (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Darren Dreger doesn’t have much to report on the status of restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba’s contract talks with the Winnipeg Jets. He points out both sides have agreed not to have negotiations play out in the media. Dreger said the rumors claiming Trouba doesn’t Winnipeg or playing for the Jets are nonsense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I didn’t put any stock into the “Trouba wants out of Winnipeg” speculation. It appears both sides, however, intend to push talks right up to the start of training camp and possibly through that period. With Trouba set to skate for Team North America in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, he probably doesn’t want to be distracted by contract negotiations right now. And no, I don’t believe the Jets will trade Trouba, nor do I see him getting an offer sheet.
TSN 1260 (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka and his fellow GMs are running through the mock draft process for next year’s expansion draft to evaluate their own teams and to monitor potential trade targets.
ARIZONA SPORTS: Craig Morgan reports Chayka acknowledged the Coyotes are among the NHL teams that expressed interest in signing unrestricted free agent winger Kris Versteeg to a professional tryout offer. It appears, however, Versteeg is seeking a regular contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears the speculation suggesting the Canucks pursue Versteeg has come to naught. As for landing a contract, he might have to face accepting a PTO at this stage and hope to earn a one-year deal from that.