Offers sheets may become a factor in the NHL this summer, but there have been stealth attempts made in prior years that may have fallen a bit short.
Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek were answering listening questions on the latest edition of 31 Thoughts: The Podcast, and an offer sheet-related topic was brought up.
The gist of the question was that with all of the talk about potential offer sheets this summer given the impressive crop of potential restricted free agents, would higher-end draft picks be even more valuable at the upcoming trade deadline.
Friedman and Marek explained how teams need to use their own draft picks in any offer sheet attempt, and then Friedman mentioned something from several off-seasons ago.
“A couple of years ago, there was a rumor that Boston was going to offer-sheet Jacob Trouba,” recalled Friedman. “And Boston didn’t have a second-rounder. Or someone will tell me - I’m doing this off the top of my head - Boston didn’t have a certain pick to be able to get it done, and they were trying to re-acquire that pick. I didn’t realize until later that it was because people were wondering if they were going to try to offer-sheet Trouba.”
Trouba is going to become a key storyline this summer, given that he can become a restricted free agent July 1 and then can become an unrestricted free agent in 2020. If he’s not willing to sign for longer than one year this summer, it’s entirely possible the Jets will deal him away - and the trade market will be big for his services.
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