We’re less than three weeks away until the beginning of the season and there’s an interesting situation going on in Winnipeg.
Jacob Trouba, a restricted free agent and just 22 years old, will not be appearing at training camp as he has requested a trade off of the Winnipeg Jets.
Trouba stated that he wants to be a top-four defenseman with the opportunity to log big minutes there this season. As an RFA, the Jets cannot force him to appear at camp.
While signing him is still a possibility, the Jets are being forced to trade him quickly, but they’re asking for a solid return. Trouba stated that it’s not about the money, but the opportunity to play consistently in the top four.
General manager Tim Murray said he wants to continue to bring players into the organization, but would a move for Trouba make sense?
Most importantly, it would have to be the right trade. The Sabres would have to give up a decent player in all of this, assuming it’s a one-for-one deal. Some of have mentioned that the bait in all of this could be Rasmus Ristolainen, the guy who just put up 41 points this past season, with 21 coming on the power play.
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) September 26, 2016
Trouba is interesting to consider, but only if Murray were able to make it worth it. The former 9th overall pick in 2012 has big shot and is a solid two-way defender.
There is also another option on the table perhaps:
A window where RFA’s can speak with other teams opens on Tuesday. Jacob Trouba, Seth Jones among possible offer sheet candidates.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 26, 2016
Remember Hudson Fasching’s first NHL goal?
Hello, Hudson Fasching. His 1st NHL goal comes on a power move to the net, destroying Jacob Trouba along the way. Sabres down 2-1.
— WGR 550 (@WGR550) March 26, 2016
Here’s another look:
That’s just one instance, but one that is hard to forget.
We want to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts on Trouba and if you’d be willing to make a deal for him? Or should Murray stay away from this one?
— SabresHockeyCentral (@SHCdotcom) September 26, 2016