Ja­cob Trouba, de­fense­man, Jets

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

When: Sun­day, 1 p.m. What’s up: The Avalanche faces Cen­tral Di­vi­sion ri­val Win­nipeg on the road.

Back­ground: Trouba, a for­mer Univer­sity of Michi­gan Wolver­ine rep­re­sented by Den­ver-based agent Kurt Over­hardt, was a re­stricted free agent in the off­sea­son. He re­quested a trade back in the spring and that be­came pub­lic knowl­edge in Sep­tem­ber, when Over­hardt iss­sued a state­ment con­firm­ing it and say­ing Trouba wouldn’t re­port to train­ing camp. Over­hardt and Trouba both said the No. 9 pick in the 2012 draft needed to play the right side to re­al­ize his po­ten­tial. Even­tu­ally, Trouba signed a two-year con­tract with a $3 mil­lion an­nual salary cap hit and re­ported, and his first game of the sea­son was against the Avs in Den­ver on Nov. 11. Trouba’s hit on Avalanche cen­ter Matt Duch­ene, more reck­less than dirty, left Duch­ene with the first con­cus­sion of his ca­reer, and he missed the next four games. Duch­ene was per­turbed by the hit, call­ing it “pretty vi­cious,” while Avalanche coach Jared Bed­nar would only go as far as to say he wished it had drawn a penalty and said he didn’t think the NHL’s player safety depart­ment needed to take a look at pos­si­ble sup­ple­men­tal dis­ci­pline. In 18 games, Trouba has a goal and four as­sists for the Jets and is av­er­ag­ing 23:44 of ice time.

Frei’s take: It’s tempt­ing to draw the grassy-knoll in­fer­ence that the Avalanche was — and per­haps still is — among those at least in­quir­ing about ac­quir­ing Trouba from the Jets.

Win­nipeg’s Ja­cob Trouba, a Univer­sity of Michi­gan prod­uct, was the No. 9 over­all pick in the 2012 NHL draft. Mar­i­anne Helm, Getty Im­ages

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