Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman first reported the $3 million difference as the Jets look to negotiate a long-term deal with their top shut-down blueliner before his negotiation window closes. With less than two full days to hammer out a deal before the contract negotiations go before a judge in salary arbitration, Jets’ General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff very well may have time to put together a strong offer for his former ninth overall pick (2012).
If Winnipeg and Jacob Trouba are unable to reach a settlement on a long-term contract, the arbitrator will give the Jets the option to choose either a one or two-year contract, following the terms laid out in court. Worth noting is the fact that Trouba would become an unrestricted free agent in 2020, allowing him free rein to seek a new deal with any team he so pleases. So ideally, Winnipeg would choose a one-year deal from the arbitrator, if they are unable to work out a contract within the next 48 hours.
After completing his three-year entry-level deal in 2015-16, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defender famously held out at the beginning of the 2016-17 season until a new contract could be agreed upon. He ended up settling with Winnipeg on a two-year, $6 million deal. After earning $3.5 million in 2017-18, Trouba is certainly in for a raise.
Winnipeg will certainly not get Trouba’s services for $4 million, but somewhere closer to $6 million. If the team can work out a multi-year extension at a value of that nature, everyone will go home happy.
Trouba put up three goals and 24 points in 55 games last season, while averaging nearly 22 minutes of ice time. Trouba’s point totals fell slightly from the 33 points he recorded in 2016-17 in 60 games, however his role in 2017-18 was more of a defence-first mentality, with Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers receiving power play time ahead of the 24-year-old.
After Connor Hellebuyck signed a monster six-year, $37 million contract earlier last week, the Jets now only have to worry about potential arbitration dates with four rostered players: Trouba (July 20th), Adam Lowry (July 22nd), Brandon Tanev (July 25th) and Marko Dano (July 27th).