Sunday, September 25, 2016

Jacob Trouba Requests Trade from Winnipeg

22-year-old Jacob Trouba has requested a trade from the Winnipeg Jets. The right-handed defenseman wants a chance to play in a top-four role on the right side for an NHL team, and that's something the Jets haven't given him the chance to do.

Trouba's agent, Kurt Overhardt, announced the news on Sunday, saying that Trouba had been seeking a deal since May.

Here's a snippet of the statement:

“Our client, Jacob Trouba, will not be attending the Winnipeg Jets NHL training camp. Since May, we have been working with the Jets management in an effort to facilitate a trade of Jacob’s rights. Both parties continue to work on this matter.

There has been no negotiation regarding the terms of a contract between our client and the Jets over the course of the last several months. The situation is not about money; it is solely about our client having the opportunity to realize his potential as a right shot NHL defenseman.

To the Jets credit, the club has two outstanding right shot veteran defensemen and our client simply wants the opportunity to have a greater role. As a consequence of the Jets depth on the right side, we believe it is in both parties’ best interest to facilitate a mutually advantageous trade."

Trouba has played 211 NHL games for Winnipeg. In 2015-16, he was 6-15-21 and a plus-10 for the Jets.

The 6', 200-lb Michigan native played two games for Team North America in the World Cup of Hockey, registering two shots in 40 shifts.

He is reportedly planning to skate near his home in Michigan while his agent and the Jets try to work out a deal for his rights.

The Jets are said to be seeking a left-handed defenseman of similar age to do a deal.