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There were plenty of hugs to go around for Jacob Trouba when he entered the Winnipeg Jets’ dressing room on Tuesday for the first time this season. The 22-year-old defenseman rescinded his trade request and inked a two-year, $6 million deal after missing the team’s first 13 games.
Trouba reiterated after the morning skate that his situation wasn’t about not wanting to play in Winnipeg. Instead, it was about his desire to play top-four minutes on the right side, a place where he’s currently stuck behind Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers. But those feelings are now gone, it seems.
“I’ve committed to sign here for two years and when I signed that piece of paper everything changed in my mind,” Trouba. “I’m now a part of this team, and whatever I’m asked to do for these next two years while I’m under contract I’m going to do.”
The first thing Trouba is going to do is watch Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Stars from the press box. Head coach Paul Maurice said he could potentially see the defenseman in the lineup Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes and will consider playing him on either side.
Trouba wouldn’t expand on why he signed for only two years and added he wasn’t too concerned with the Dec. 1 deadline to ink a deal or sit out the season. He also added that he has no regrets about his decision to ask for a trade.
“In a way I took a stand and stood up for how I felt,” he said. “Like I said, you can go with the flow and do what everybody else does and just be a part of everything or you can try to stand up for what you believe in, what I felt was best for my future. I did that, and things change over time.”
While he was away from his Jets teammates, Trouba did hear from them often, including his good buddy Mark Scheifele on a pretty regular basis. Walking into that dressing room today wasn’t going to bring about any ice stares, according to Jets captain Blake Wheeler.
“When it comes to players I think we all support each other in terms of business side of things,” he said. “We’re a part of a union, so we kind of embrace that aspect of it. There’s going to be times where it doesn’t work out — that’s none of our business. Trouby’s a part of our family.”
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