Bob McKenzie made a Tuesday morning appearance on Vancouver’s TSN 1040, with Jacob Trouba remaining the dominant topic of conversation among NHL Insiders on the air this week.
“I think it’ll probably play itself out slowly, unless some offer comes across the desk of Kevin Cheveldayoff that knocks his socks off,” surmised McKenzie. “And I wouldn’t necessarily anticipate that happening. It’s not going to be an easy trade to make because I think the Winnipeg Jets have a very precise notion of what they want in exchange for Jacob Trouba. They don’t want forwards. They want a defenseman. They want a left-shot defenseman, if possible.
“Not many people have a young, left-shot, potentially high-impact defenseman in the same age group or experience level or cost of Jacob Trouba. Buffalo does. Rasmus Ristolainen. Anaheim does in Hampus Lindholm. Both of those guys are also restricted free agents that aren’t in camp right now. But quite frankly, Buffalo and Anaheim don’t want to trade those guys one-for-one for Jacob Trouba.
“So the best fits right now are not places that would work, and there’s all sorts of teams – probably Vancouver – I mean, who doesn’t want a 22-year-old right-shot defenseman who has both offensive ability and the ability to play shutdown physical hockey. Who doesn’t want that? Everybody wants that on their team. But the question is, where’s the fit? The Jets don’t need wingers. Right now, what they’re looking for is very limited, and I don’t think they’re in a hurry to make the deal.”
This is Vancouver radio, so naturally the question was put to McKenzie – Do the Canucks have the assets to make this trade?
“I’m not sure that they do,” began McKenzie, looking at his NHL depth charts. “Who’s on the left side for the Canucks . You’ve got Edler, I believe. Hutton. Sbisa. So I wouldn’t think that Hutton would be a natural fit there for Winnipeg, per say. But maybe Hutton, plus, plus or whatever.
“Again, I’m not sure how badly the Canucks, or a lot of other teams, want to start getting into the ‘plus, plus’ part of that, where crucial young players are going to be part of the equation.”
Source: TSN 1040/ Transcript: Nichols