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The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to a two-year $6 million contract with restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba.
According to ESPN’s Craig Custance, the deal pays the 22-year-old Trouba $2.5 million in the first year and $3.5 million in the second year.
Signing Trouba doesn’t mean the Jets won’t trade him, it just means the player is under contract and teams know his value if they want to deal for him. Trouba’s agent Kurt Overhardt, represented Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris when Turris held out from the Arizona Coyotes and demanded a trade. Turris signed a two-year bridge deal with Arizona on Nov. 22, 2011 and was traded to Ottawa on Dec. 17 of that year. Turris cashed in on a five-year $17.5 million contract when his bridge deal ended.
Overhardt and the Jets reportedly met last week in Detroit to go over a contract. If Trouba hadn’t signed by Dec. 1, he would not have been able to play this season.
It was recently speculated that Trouba was looking for a six-year deal worth around $5.5 million per-season.
As a rookie in 2013-14, Trouba notched 29 points and scored 10 goals in 65 games as he appeared to be on his way towards becoming a top pair defenseman. Since then he hasn’t scored more than seven goals or 22 points.
In the past it was said that Trouba was susceptible to an offer sheet and In December it was also reported Trouba wanted more than $56 million over eight years, a report his agent denied. Last summer, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said he would not trade Trouba.
Trouba demanded a trade because he wanted to play on the right side and felt buried on the Jets’ depth chart behind Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers. It’s unclear how Winnipeg will slot him moving forward, but now that he’s signed, Trouba can continue his NHL career and the Jets can try to come to an on-ice solution that benefits them and the player.
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