Could the Winnipeg Jets trade Jacob Trouba?
Winnipeg Free Press: Paul Wiecek reports, “what is pending restricted free agent Jacob Trouba worth and can the Winnipeg Jets afford to re-sign him?” While Trouba said in his season-ending press conference that he’d like to re-sign a long-term extension with the Jets, Wiecek reminds us how contentious the defenseman’s previous contract negotiations became, leading at one point to his agent requesting a trade. Wiecek believes the Trouba camp will seek around $7 million annually. He wonders if the Jets can afford to pay that much for a blueliner who, “while talented defensively, has yet to demonstrate much upside offensively. The Jets have several notable players like Connor Hellebuyck, Patrik Laine, Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor due for new contracts over the next two years and they will not be able to keep all of them.
The Montreal Canadiens looking to trade for a center?
TVA Sports: The website lists Minnesota Wild’s Charlie Coyle, Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Columbus Blue Jackets’ Boone Jenner, St. Louis Blues’ Robby Fabbri and the Florida Panthers’ Nick Bjugstad as five centers the Montreal Canadiens could target in the trade market. The Canadiens carry four picks in the second round of this year’s draft and perhaps at least one of those picks could be used to land one of those centers.
Where will Ilya Kovalchuk sign?
TSN Radio: Darren Dreger was on the radio and he was asked the question, where do you think Ilya Kovalchuk will sign? Dreger feels it is down to the San Jose Sharks, LA Kings and Boston Bruins. The Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues did have interest but seem to have moved on. Dreger added that Kovalchuk is seeking a 2-year deal with an annual salary of $7 million/year.