Restricted free agent Jacob Trouba is still without a contract, and Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has been steadfast in his refusal to feed any information to the media on that front.
TSN Insider Darren Dreger made his first post-summer appearance on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 Wednesday afternoon, and, naturally, was asked to dive right into the Trouba situation.
“I wish I had something firm… There’s just not a lot going on,” said Dreger. “What continues to be the case – and I respect the position of all involved – is that his agent, Kurt Overhardt, along with Kevin Cheveldayoff and ownership, including Mark Chipman, have just vowed that they’re not going to play this negotiation out in the media.
“So I don’t get the sense that there’s anything going on. What I do know, and I’m sure you guys have talked about this on the show, is that the majority, if not all, of the rumors that we’ve heard about – including one more recently where Trouba allegedly doesn’t like Winnipeg, doesn’t want to play for the Jets, and all of that – is, I’m told, nonsense by those most active in that negotiation.
“The Jets are in a good position because he is a restricted free agent, as we know. Because of that, they own his rights. But they’re also aware of the type of player he can be, and they want to make sure how this plays out is going to work in their favor.”
Dreger’s sentiment Wednesday echoes what he noted before the summer began.
Source: TSN 1290/ Transcript: Nichols