The Winnipeg Jets announced the re-signing of defenseman Jacob Trouba to a two-year, $6 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trouba, 22, will earn a base salary of $2.5 million for this season and $3.5 million for 2017-18. That’s because he missed the opening month of this season. It’s also considerably less than the rumored eight-year, $56 million request of last December.
In late-September, Trouba requested a trade via his agent. However, he had to be under contract by December 1 or become ineligible to play the remainder of this season. With the Jets showing no willingness to move him and with the clock ticking, the Trouba camp obviously felt it was in his best interest to re-sign with the Jets and return to action.
While it’ll be interesting to see how his return affects the Jets players, it remains to be seen if he still has a long-term future with the club. Considering his trade request, Jets management could still attempt to move him at some point this season. If they opt to retain Trouba, they could face another protracted contract dispute with him in the summer of 2018. The current standoff is over, but another could be in the offing.