McKenzie looks ahead to Trouba’s future with Jets

The Winnipeg Jets are poised to be major players in the National Hockey League standings again this season, but one issue lurking in the background of the team’s cap considerations will be the future of Jacob Trouba with the franchise.

Bob McKenzie released a series of Canadian team season preview Bobcasts Monday that included the Winnipeg Jets.

At one point, hockey’s top Insider waded into the Trouba waters.

“Now keep in mind the contract status of Jacob Trouba,” noted McKenzie. “He’s on a one-year arb award contract and he’s only two years away from unrestricted free agency. He did not sign that long multi-year, long-term deal with the Jets. So I think it’s fair to say we’re all interested to see how that’s going to play out in the long term beyond this year.

“I’m not saying Trouba for sure will be one and done or two and done in Winnipeg. But let’s be honest, because he hasn’t signed that long-term deal with Winnipeg - is that a difference simply in a view in value, or is it because long term he doesn’t want to be there.

“Either way, I don’t think it matters right now. That’ll all play itself out in due time, so it’s not an issue for this season. I’m not starting any controversies here with Jacob Trouba. But if Trouba isn’t there for the long haul, then it would certainly behoove the Jets to make sure that they keep working Tucker Poolman to give him more minutes, more responsibility - assuming he’s ready for it.

“But a lot of people believe this is a guy that maybe, if Trouba does move on a year or two from now, that a guy like Poolman could step right in and that spot and go a long way to filling a potential Trouba void, should a Trouba void occur.”

Trouba’s one-year contract for 2018-19 carries a $5.5 million cap hit.

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