Trouba is still a restricted free agent, so the bottom line is that the ball was and is in the Jets’ court.
This “bridge” deal really only postpones drama even if the blueliner goes back to becoming a regular contributor without much fuss. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston notes that Trouba could sign another contract as early as July 1.
Overall, it’s a great situation for the Jets, whether they trade Trouba or find a compromise that works for everyone.
Here’s the full Cheveldayoff press conference, if you’d like to get an idea about how the Jets GM was mostly – understandably – dodging questions:
At 23, Ty Rattie has time to work things out, but so far, he hasn’t been able to convert big junior numbers to success with the St. Louis Blues.
Monday represented the latest bump in his developmental road, as the Blues sent him to the AHL for a conditioning stint. It’s sensible enough with Rattie only appearing in one game so far in 2016-17, yet it’s still not the greatest sign for the 32nd pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.
He’s been quiet in his 27 NHL games and respectable during his AHL appearances, but it’s his work in the WHL that still makes some hopeful for an eventual breakthrough. He scored 121 points in 2011-12 and 110 in 2012-13 with the Portland Winterhawks.
Many hockey fans find it tougher to enjoy a fight these days once you consider the post-career struggles of enforcers.
It’s a little harder not to grin at a video of a goalie losing though, isn’t it? Something about seeing all that rage mixed with the clumsiness of fighting with all that bulky equipment just makes for entertainment. It’s not short of those weird fake sumo fights.
Saturday presented two eyebrow-raising bits of netminder anger, though these instances mainly involved a goalie going after a skater. Most obviously, Ryan Miller and Frederik Andersen were involved in this fracas, especially Miller:
More on that ugly loss for the Canucks and how they hope to turn it around, maybe in part due to all of that violence.