Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba has requested that he be traded and he will not be attending Jets training camp. The announcement comes via a statement released from Trouba’s agent, Kurt Overhardt.
Below is a portion of Overhardt’s statement:
“Our client, Jacob Trouba, will not be attending the Winnipeg Jets NHL training camp. Since May, we have been working with the Jets management in an effort to facilitate a trade of Jacob’s rights. Both parties continue to work on this matter.
There has been no negotiation regarding the terms of a contract between our client and the Jets over the course of the last several months. The situation is not about money; it is solely about our client having the opportunity to realize his potential as a right shot NHL defenseman.”
Additionally, Trouba spoke with TSN about the situation:
“I want to play on the right side to realize my potential. That’s not going to happen in Winnipeg. This has nothing to do with Winnipeg as a city. This is about me getting the chance to be the best player I can be. I’ve worked hard to get this far. I don’t want to look back in 20 years and wish I hadn’t just gone with the flow. Sometimes you have to put yourself first. This isn’t an easy decision. But I want to play on the right side.”
Unlike other instances of a player requesting a trade, this one isn’t about the money. Trouba just wants to play.
Trouba is a very solid young defenseman and is going to garner a lot of interest from around the NHL. Bob McKenzie of TSN tweeted on Saturday that Arizona would be serious in their attempt to land the 22-year-old defenseman.
Arizona would certainly benefit from acquiring Trouba. He would fit right in with what Arizona is building. He’d be another young and skilled player to add to the already impressive young core.
From Trouba’s side, Arizona would be good fit for him as well. He would get that playing time he wants and be an integral part of the blue line.
Winnipeg will undoubtedly be asking for a big haul in return, but Arizona has the resources to pull off such a trade. In a tweet on Sunday, Gary Lawless of TSN tweeted out just what the Jets are looking for in exchange for Trouba.
Arizona has left shot defensemen to offer, but not of the same caliber. Newly drafted Jakob Chychrun might be enough to pull off the trade, but I don’t think Arizona is open to trading him. If Arizona was going to offer one of their left shot defensemen like Kevin Connauton, Klas Dahlbeck or Jarred Tinordi, that wouldn’t be enough.
Fortunately for Arizona, the farm system is loaded. I don’t think they should burn through their prospects trading them off, but they do have enough to sweeten and pad a deal without gutting the system.
Arizona won’t be the only team to inquire about a trade, but they do have the assets to pull one off if Winnipeg is enticed by the addition of some prospects. As of now, Winnipeg has time to speak with teams, but there is a deadline.
If Trouba does not sign a contract before December 1, he will be ineligible to play at all this season.
Coyotes General Manager John Chayka has been aggressive all offseason long. He will likely try to continue that by attempting to facilitate a trade with Winnipeg.