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Dreger: ‘Trouba absolutely willing to sign and stay in Winnipeg’

21 December 2015: Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba (8) is not happy with a penalty call against the Winnipeg Jets in the Winnipeg Jets game versus the Edmonton Oilers at Recall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo by Curtis Comeau/Icon Sportswire)
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Darren Dreger was on Winnipeg’s TSN 1290 on Wednesday afternoon.

On Matt Duchene and Jacob Trouba being at the heart of trade rumors this week, and what he knows about that rumor:

“Well, it’s a rumor. I believe that it was put out and developed by members of the media. Not to say that it’s not a possibility.

“I think that there are three possibilities. 1, the Winnipeg Jets find a way to sign Jacob Trouba, and he stays with the Jets long term. 2, obviously they trade him, which is a sexier topic right now and will continue to be that. Or 3, he holds out. I mean, those are the three realities that Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets are facing in this ongoing negotiation.

On if he doesn’t expect that Trouba would accept a bridge deal, or if he’d hold out for something better:

“I don’t expect that he’d accept a bridge deal. I think that Trouba believes that he’s shown enough in the National Hockey League to warrant a longer term and a bigger number, but we don’t know exactly what that term or what that number is. I believe that that number, term and dollars, is prohibitive from a Winnipeg Jets perspective. And I think honestly, that’s what fueling a lot of this trade speculation. Because look, we know player agents and players use sometimes outrageous terms to encourage a trade. But I’ve been told by both parties here that Jacob Trouba is absolutely willing to sign and stay in Winnipeg.

“So if that’s the case, then he’s driving a hard negotiation here.”

Source: TSN 1290/Transcript: Nichols

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