McKenzie: This summer will define Trouba’s future with Jets

The summer forecast in Winnipeg calls for either a Jacob Trouba trade or a long-term contract extension.

Bob McKenzie has a Wednesday pregame TV hit on NBCSN, and was asked for his thoughts on the pending restricted free agent defenseman’s future in Winnipeg - if there is one.  

“Well, that’s the big question in Winnipeg everybody wants to know and nobody has the answer for that, at least not yet,” indicated McKenzie. “It’s very interesting. Jacob Trouba signed a three-year entry-level deal, as all payers do, when he was drafted by the Jets. Then he signed a two-year bridge deal, and most recently got a one-year salary arbitration award.

“So given the opportunity to sign long-term in Winnipeg, the young American defenseman has not taken it, which has prompted speculation that a lot of people think ultimately he would like to do a long-term deal with an American team, not the Winnipeg Jets.

“He’s a big, big part of what’s going on right now. Scored the game-winning goal in overtime the other night. He’s playing lights-out right now. But if he’s not signed long-term to a deal this summer, I think the writing is on the wall. He’s going to be a year away from unrestricted free agency after this season. It is interesting - Kurt Overhardt, his Denver-based agent, is in Winnipeg for this game tonight, and no doubt will be talking to Kevin Cheveldayoff about Trouba’s future, but also other players he represents on the team like Andrew Copp and Nic Petan as well.

“But this is going to be the summer that defines whether Jacob Trouba is a long-term Jet, which a lot of people doubt is going to happen, or whether the Jets are better - a year before he’s unrestricted - to try and trade him and move on somewhere else.”

Trouba’s current pact is worth $5.5 million.

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