Latest on Trouba and Halak – November 1, 2016
The latest updates on Jacob Trouba and Jaroslav Halak in your NHL rumor mill.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reports it’s dead quiet on the Jacob Trouba trade front. He claims other clubs with interest in the restricted free agent defenseman doubt the Winnipeg Jets are eager or perhaps even likely to move him in the near future. He believes the Jets would welcome Trouba back, perhaps to the tune of a six-year, $5.5 million per season deal.
McKenzie feels Trouba has two choices. He can double down on his current stance of wanting out of Winnipeg and hope the Jets struggle leading up to the Dec. 1 deadline to re-sign him, thus potentially putting pressure on the club to move him. The other option is to realize he’s losing money and potentially this entire season with this standoff and accept a new contract with the Jets before Dec. 1.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty comments on recent speculation from Sportsnet regarding promising Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo in a proposed trade offer for Trouba. He nixes that idea, agreeing with Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos that an offer of Carlo, forward Ryan Spooner and a first-round pick for Trouba is too expensive for the Bruins. Haggerty notes Carlo’s promising start to this season and his potential as a top-four blueliner could make him a key part of their future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I concur with McKenzie and Haggerty. Unless the Jets collapse in November, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff isn’t under any real pressure to move Trouba. It’ll take a significant offer, perhaps a Carlo-Spooner-first rounder, to tempt Cheveldayoff. If that offer was out there, Trouba would’ve been on the move by now. While the Bruins are reportedly willing to entertain offers for Spooner, I don’t see them adding the promising Carlo to the mix.
Of course, a lot can happen over the course of this month. Perhaps the Bruins, or another club, gets desperate enough to meet Cheveldayoff’s high asking price. Maybe the Jets GM starts to sweat if his club goes into a tailspin. Maybe Trouba changes his mind. Both sides appear entrenched now, but the pressure will ratchet up as Dec. 1 approaches.
For those of you tired of the Trouba story, take heart in the knowledge that this story will end by the first of December. Trouba will either be dealt, re-signed by the Jets or ineligible to play the rest of this season.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports the New York Islanders goaltending trio of Jaroslav Halak, Thomas Greiss and Jean-Francois Berube are getting along, but their situation is getting murky. Comments made by agent Allan Walsh, who represents Halak and Berube, over the weekend criticizing the Islanders for carrying three goalies sparked reports claiming GM Garth Snow is shopping Halak. Staple cites Halak’s $4.5 million salary-cap hit through 2017-18 makes a midseason trade seem unlikely.
For his part, Halak said he hasn’t asked about a trade yet “so far”, adding he wasn’t interested in that. Snow declined to comment on the situation, while Halak said it’s up to the GM to decide “whether he wants to talk to me or I want to talk to him.”
ESPN.COM: Joe McDonald believes the New York Islanders should trade Halak.”He’s attractive because of his play for the Islanders, and he’s coming off helping Europe get to the World Cup of Hockey finals. The problem is his contract is hefty ($4.75 million salary this season and $5 million next season), but some teams out there need a good No. 1. Trade him. Ring, ring.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Certainly sounds like things are chilly between Snow and Halak. Shouldn’t be surprising, as there was talk in the offseason the Isles GM will trying to move the veteran netminder.
Staple yesterday cited a source claiming no one has called expressing interest in Halak. I daresay his contract is the main reason why. His long injury history and inconsistent play in recent years could also be dampening his value in the trade market. Rival clubs interested in landing goalie depth probably hope the Isles will put the more affordable Greiss ($1.6 million) on the trade block or place Berube on waivers.