According to a report from TSN 1290’s Jim Toth, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba intends on signing a long-term deal with the team this upcoming offseason.
Source tells me #NHLJets Jacob Trouba has informed his agent he wants to remain a Jet & sign long term. Agent Kurt Overhardt has declined to comment. Won't play out till this summer & does not mean a deal will get done but have been told the desire & wish is to stay in #Winnipeg
The pending restricted free-agent’s two year, $6 million deal expires on July 1st, at which point he’ll need to be signed to a new deal for 2018-19 and beyond. Now, you may recall that Trouba’s last contract negation was particularly contentious. Trouba sat out the first five weeks of the 2016-17 season before finally coming to terms with the Jets, igniting a firestorm of trade rumors and speculation along the way.
There was talk that Trouba wasn’t happy playing alongside former defense partner Mark Stuart, rumors that the brand conscious Trouba would rather play in a big market and speculation that he wanted to return to his home state of Michigan. To top things off, Trouba officially released a statement through his agent in September of 2016 stating that he had formally requested a trade from the team.
In the end Trouba elected to re-up with the Jets and put an end to all the speculation. Should he decide to sign long-term with the club this offseason, maybe he’ll finally put to rest all of the talk that he’s not happy living, working and playing in Manitoba’s capital.
In the meantime, Trouba and the Jets are embroiled in a closely played series against the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final. The 24 year old Trouba has taken a siginifant step this season alongside partner Josh Morrissey. In just 55 games during the regular season Trouba put up three goals and 24 points. In 14 post season games, Trouba has put up two goals and three points. More than that though, he and Morrissey have provided the Jets with a steady and stable top pairing throughout their playoff run.
Source: Jim Toth
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