NHL Rumor Mill – October 2, 2016
More Jacob Trouba speculation plus the NHL could allow Las Vegas to make pre-expansion draft trades.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Winnipeg Jets don’t intend on moving holdout defenseman Jacob Trouba for draft picks or prospects. They want a left-shot defenseman who can complement either Dustin Byfuglien or Tyler Myers right away. He doubts the Boston Bruins have what the Jets seek.
While acknowledging the Bruins have a left-hand shot in Torey Krug, Shinzawa points out he’s not an all-around blueliner like Trouba. He feels the Bruins would have to add another player with Krug and the Jets could ask for promising winger David Pastrnak as part of the return. Shinzawa also believes Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will be patient in seeking the right return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting take from Shinzawa. I was among those who suggested Krug as a possible trade chip for Trouba, but I don’t see the Bruins adding Pastrnak to the mix. Cheveldayoff can afford to be patient, but only up to the Dec. 1 deadline for re-signing restricted free agents such as Trouba. If he’s unsigned by that date, he becomes ineligible to play the remainder of the season.
While Cheveldayoff could treat that date as a trade deadline, he could also use it to pressure Trouba into re-signing. Then again, it could also force the Jets GM to change his asking price if he can’t find a top-four left-side defenseman to replace Trouba.
TSN 1290 (VIA TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Pierre LeBrun reports the NHL is looking at allowing its Las Vegas expansion franchise to make trades three weeks before the expansion draft. That means they could start swinging deals on June 1. “I think that will allow Vegas to get approached by teams, and also to approach teams, to make some of those deals that you’re talking about – where a team will say, ‘Don’t take Marc-Andre Fleury, and I’ll give you a third-round pick,” said LeBrun.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve speculated several times the league could allow the Las Vegas franchise to make trades with other NHL clubs leading up to the expansion draft. The league wants to ensure its new franchise can be as competitive as quickly as possible.