Updates on the Jets and Canucks – November 8, 2016
With Jacob Trouba under contract, could the Winnipeg Jets still trade him? Are the Vancouver Canucks shopping for help? Read on for the latest in your NHL rumor mill.
SPORTSNET: In the wake of the Winnipeg Jets re-signing defenseman Jacob Trouba yesterday, Mark Spector suggests the two-year, $6 million deal could make it easier for the Jets to trade him. He said this deal also gives the Jets “a motivated defenceman who needs to prove his worth on the open market.”
Spector wonders if general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff will consummate a trade or if we’ll find ourselves back in the same place a year and a half from now. He points out Canadian teams are out of the mix, while a portion of the American clubs lack the trade pieces Cheveldayoff wants or the cap space to make the deal happen.
KUKLA’S KORNER: TSN’s Bob McKenzie took to Twitter casting doubt on a possible Trouba trade now that the blueliner is under contract. ” I don’t see how that changes now that he signed. For any team acquiring Trouba, I never expected signing him was a big impediment to trade,” tweeted McKenzie. He believes if the Jets really wanted to move the young rearguard, it would’ve happened by now.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe also casts doubt on the Jets moving Trouba now that’s he’s under an affordable bridge deal. He believes keeping the blueliner in the fold for the long term remains the Jets’ intent. “But if the Jets didn’t want to trade Trouba in the first place, why would they be doing other teams a favour now, by shipping him out with a more manageable salary-cap hit?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the reason this is still hanging in the air is because Trouba’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, faced a similar scenario five years ago with client Kyle Turris and the then-Phoenix Coyotes. Turris was re-signed in late-November, then traded three weeks later to the Ottawa Senators. Maybe a similar situation unfolds in the coming weeks, but I doubt it. Cheveldayoff seemed very keen to retain Turris, even at the possible risk of the blueliner sitting out the entire season.
I found this on Twitter which seems to sum up this standoff nicely (stick tap to @Andy_B_Jets):
Trouba: I want a trade
Chevy: How about 6 years at $5.5m
Jedi Chevy: You will play here for Mark Stuart money
THE PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning will tell you he’s working the phones daily trying to find help for his struggling club and its sputtering offense. “He doesn’t want to part with prospects such as Thatcher Demko, Brock Boeser and Olli Juolevi. He doesn’t want to surrender high draft picks. And the core players teams call about — especially Tanev — are non-starters.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, there’s no help coming from the trade market to help the Canucks. No short-term fixes that costs them their future. This is shaping up to a long, painful season in Vancouver.