Trouba Requests Trade From Jets


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By Sie Nicole

Staff Writer

 

Jacob Trouba has requested a trade from the Winnipeg Jets and will not be attending their training camp this week. Trouba is currently a restricted free agent. The 22 year old former first round pick has been in negotiations since May to depart from the Jets, as revealed in a statement from his agent.

 

The statement also states that Trouba isn’t seeking a larger paycheck, but rather, a larger on-ice role.

 

There has been no negotiation regarding the terms of a contract between our client and the Jets over the course of the last several months. The situation is not about money; it is solely about our client having the opportunity to realize his potential as a right shot NHL defenseman.

 

To the Jets credit, the club has two outstanding right shot veteran defensemen and our client simply wants the opportunity to have a greater role. As a consequence of the Jets depth on the right side, we believe it is in both parties’ best interest to facilitate a mutually advantageous trade.

 

Trouba is coming off a rough year with the Jets. Being partnered with Mark Stuart found him as a bottom D-pair and his play suffered. Trouba consistently performed better with any other pairing, notably performing well with Dustin Byfuglien, but still found himself partnered with the aging Stuart. He also spent this month as the seventh defenseman for the World Cup of Hockey’s Team North America, playing two games after Aaron Ekblad was injured.

 

As a young right handed defenseman, he’s a hot commodity and should have no problem finding ample opportunity for a larger role elsewhere. As such, the price for Trouba will be hefty. The Jets are likely going to being looking for a left side defenseman in exchange, and that’s just the starting price.

 

No stranger to trade rumors, Trouba was reportedly being shopped at the trade deadline, with teams including Detroit and Boston expressing interest. Being a former Wolverine and Rochester native makes him very appealing to Detroit, a team with five Michiganders currently on their roster and issues with their blueline. The Bruins are fairly desperate for elite defenseman and that puts all of the leverage in Winnipeg’s hand. A too-high asking price may have prevented a move between the two last season.

 

Other teams in the mix could be Edmonton, whose defense is notably weak, resulting in the trade that moved winger Taylor Hall to New Jersey in exchange for defenseman Adam Larsson. Anaheim could also see some cap relief in trading for Trouba, moving a veteran contract in the process.
Trouba tallied 23 goals and 49 assists in 211 games with Winnipeg.

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2016 Offseason Power Rankings


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Every month, Hockey Trade Central will be posting Power Rankings. They will be posted the 1st of every month during the regular season, and will reflect the previous month’s play.

 

The Power Rankings are voted on by the writers.

 

Offseason Power Rankings are based on how well the teams drafted, how well they did in Free Agency, and the trades the teams have made.

 

2016 Offseason Rankings:

 

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins /
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning +1
  3. San Jose Sharks -1
  4. Dallas Stars +1
  5. Washington Capitals +2
  6. Nashville Predators /
  7. Florida Panthers +4
  8. Chicago Blackhawks +2
  9. St. Louis Blues -5
  10. New York Islanders -2
  11. Anaheim Ducks -2
  12. Los Angeles Kings +3
  13. Philadelphia Flyers /
  14. Minnesota Wild -2
  15. Detroit Red Wings -1
  16. Boston Bruins +1
  17. New Jersey Devils +3
  18. New York Rangers -2
  19. Carolina Hurricanes -1
  20. Buffalo Sabres +3
  21. Ottawa Senators -2
  22. Montreal Canadiens /
  23. Calgary Flames +3
  24. Arizona Coyotes /
  25. Winnipeg Jets /
  26. Colorado Avalanche -5
  27. Edmonton Oilers +2
  28. Toronto Maple Leafs +2
  29. Columbus Blue Jackets -2
  30. Vancouver Canucks -2

 

Previous Rankings:

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins
  2. San Jose Sharks
  3. Tampa Bay Lightning
  4. St. Louis Blues
  5. Dallas Stars
  6. Nashville Predators
  7. Washington Capitals
  8. New York Islanders
  9. Anaheim Ducks
  10. Chicago Blackhawks
  11. Florida Panthers
  12. Minnesota Wild
  13. Philadelphia Flyers
  14. Detroit Red Wings
  15. Los Angeles Kings
  16. New York Rangers
  17. Boston Bruins
  18. Carolina Hurricanes
  19. Ottawa Senators
  20. New Jersey Devils
  21. Colorado Avalanche
  22. Montreal Canadiens
  23. Buffalo Sabres
  24. Arizona Coyotes
  25. Winnipeg Jets
  26. Calgary Flames
  27. Columbus Blue Jackets
  28. Vancouver Canucks
  29. Edmonton Oilers
  30. Toronto Maple Leafs

Pacific Division Draft Day: Team Needs


By Bobby Bauders

Senior Writer/Editor

 

We’ll have four team needs stories highlighting the draft needs of the teams in every division. Written on June 23rd, any trades that happened after this story was written will not be mentioned in this story, therefore some draft spots may be outdated.

 

Our Updated Mock Draft

 

Pacific Division:

Edmonton Oilers:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 9

The Edmonton Oilers need defense and goaltending desperately.

 

Basically the only defense prospects the Oilers have are Darnell Nurse and Griffin Reinhart, and while their future looks bright, there’s no guarantee that they’ll develop into elite shutdown defenders. That’s something Edmonton need. Holding the 4th overall pick opens a wide variety for Edmonton to choose from: Olli Juolevi, Jakob Chycrhun, and Mikhail Sergachev. But at 4th overall, would it be more beneficial to take a forward like Matthew Tkachuk instead of a defenseman? Most scouts agree Tkachuk is better than all the defensemen listed. That would likely prompt the Oilers to trade down, say, to Montreal’s number 9? Montreal is known to want to trade up to acquire Pierre-Luc Dubois. At number 9, Juolevi and Sergachev will likely be gone as Arizona and Buffalo choose at 7 and 8 respectively, but they still have their choice of Jakob Chychrun, Jake Bean, and Charles McAvoy.

 

Should they stay at 4, they honestly should take Mikhail Sergachev. Nurse and Reinhart are both left handed defenders. That means they need a right handed defender. Both Chychrun and Juolevi are left handed, while Sergachev is right handed.

 

As for goaltender: Edmonton owns the 32nd pick in the draft. Arguably the best goaltender, Filip Gustavsson will likely be selected in the 50s. So if Edmonton wants they could trade down to the 40s/50s in order to select Gustavsson. Although they still have a wide variety of talent at 32, and could select winger Vitali Abramov, despite their loaded offensive prospect pool.

 

Calgary Flames:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 3

Total Draft Picks: 10

Calgary mainly needs goaltending and maybe an extra punch in offense.

 

Calgary is basically set on defense for now. They could use an extra prospect or 2, but the ability to draft the likes of Alexander Nylander will likely overshadow that need.

 

That is if they even keep their 6th overall. Pittsburgh Penguins have told Calgary that Fleury’s price is a 6th overall. That would solve their current goaltending problem. If that price is too high, maybe they’ll figure out a way to package two of their many 2nd round picks plus a prospect.

 

Should Calgary stay at 6, they’ll likely select Nylander. They could also use on of their 2nd round picks to select Filip Gustavsson or Carter Hart.

 

Arizona Coyotes:

1st Round Picks: 2

2nd Round Picks: 2

Total Draft Picks: 8

Arizona’s needs are defense and goaltending.

 

With a late 2nd round pick, they should definitely consider drafting Filip Gustavsson or Carter Hart. They’re some of the top goaltending prospects in this draft, and have the potential to develop into something great, or at the very least could be cornerstones in a trade.

 

Arizona currently holds the 7th overall pick. They’re certainly hoping that Olli Juolevi falls to them. Imagine a future defensive pairing of Juolevi and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Sick. They’re need for a puck-moving defender to compliment Ekman-Larsson justifies Juolevi, but what about their need a for a shut down defenseman? This can come in the way of Mikhail Sergachev. Should Juolevi not be available at number 7, Sergachev is a great 2nd choice. He’s 220 lbs. and loves to be involved. He’s a dominant two-way defender who can shut down opponents, and also contribute on offense.

 

They also hold the 20th overall pick. They could have their choice of Logan Stanley, Riley Tufte, or Julien Gauthier. Gautheir’s stock has fallen, but is still expected to be a great player. Many believe that he’s ready to jump into the AHL, and once he’s eligible, the Coyotes would likely play him in Tucson. Coyotes would be smart to select any one of those 3.

 

Vancouver Canucks:

1st Round Picks: 1

2nd Round Picks: 0

Total Draft Picks: 6

Vancouver has excellent forward prospects in Jake Virtanen, Bo Horvat, and Emerson Etem, and formally Jared McCann (way to go Benning), and a need for more prospects in their defensive pool.

 

The problem (if you want to call it a problem), Matthew Tkachuk and Pierre-Luc Dubois. Should either one of Tkachuk and Dubois be available at 5, Vancouver may overlook their need in defense for the tremendous talent in those 2 forwards.

 

While they do need more defensive prospects, it’ll be hard passing up on Tkachuk and Dubois. They should also look into a good goaltending prospect, but all the goaltending prospects this year are in the 2nd round. And Vancouver doesn’t have a 2nd Round Pick (once again, way to go Benning).

 

Anaheim Ducks:

1st Round Picks: 2

2nd Round Picks: 0

Total Draft Picks: 6

Anaheim should look to forwards in this year’s draft.

 

The Ducks have a solid young defensive core and a promising young goaltender. That leaves offense, and Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry are only getting older.

 

They do have a promising prospect by the name of Nick Ritchie. With the 24th and 3oth picks in this year’s draft, Anaheim could always stock up more on some offensive prospects. Say Brett Howden? Also, these prospects could end up being key pieces in future trades.

Los Angeles Kings:

1st Round Picks: 0

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 4

LA has an aging defense. Defense is definitely something they need to look for.

 

Luckily, this year’s draft is loaded with defensive prospects. Currently, the Kings hold the 51st pick. Maybe a player like Ryan Lindgren will be available. He’s shown great promise and could be a top-six defenseman in 5 years.

 

Drew Doughty is young at 26-years-old, but he can lead the LA defense on his own. Especially when Matt Greene and Rob Scuderi are both in their 30s. Alec Martinez and Jake Muzzin are both in their primes, but a young defense is something no one can argue with.

 

Although, with the fact that Milan Lucic is leaving, and Dustin Brown, Marian Gaborik, and Kris Versteeg all in their 3os, it might be a good idea to restructure for the future of offensive in LA. Maybe Adam Mascherin would be a good choice. Noah Gregor is a hard-nosed center who would also fit great in the LA system.

 

San Jose Sharks:

1st Round Picks: 0

2nd Round Picks: 1

Total Draft Picks: 5

San Jose’s core is aging, and they’re running out of time to win the Stanley Cup. They came close this year, but fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final.

 

The Draft is not the place to look for the Sharks in my opinion. Their draft picks are too low, and they need to win now. Trades will be San Jose’s saving grace.

 

If they do find a hidden gem in the draft, they need to hope it’s a forward. San Jose’s offensive core has 2 maybe 3 seasons left before it collapses. Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton are both 36 and Joel Ward is 35. Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and Tommy Wingels can hold the team together, but it won’t be the same without Pavelski and Couture.

Rick Nash Moving to Cali?


By Bobby Bauders
Senior Writer/Editor

Just like everyone else, I have no idea what’s going on in Jeff Gorton’s head. He’s made some pretty questionable decisions, like past Ranger management. But one has the assume the New York Rangers will be shopping Rick Nash who just hasn’t produced as they would like. The Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks are rumored to be front runners in the Nash sweepstakes. Also, keep in mind Nash’s modified No Trade Clause, which states he can accept a trade to 12 teams he lists. That lowers the number of suitors.

 

If Nash is traded, he’s going to need replaced. And in free agency I just don’t see how it can be done. It’s rumored that the Rangers are looking at Stamkos, but I just don’t see that happening with their cap and the fact that Buffalo is rumored to be offering $12M.

 

In 60 games played this season, Nash scored 15 goals and 36 points. In the 5 games the Rangers played in the playoffs against the Stanley Cup Champion, Pittsburgh Penguins, Nash scored 2 goals and 2 assists.

 

Anaheim Ducks:

The Ducks are clearly interested in another forward. Rick Nash would be an interesting addition given his power forward style of play, which fits Anaheim’s style of play. But one has to wonder, with a new coach (sort of) and failures with the previous system, shouldn’t they go a different route?

 

The rumored price would be Cam Fowler. Straight up that makes sense for the Rangers. Not for the Ducks though. Fowler is pretty young and is still growing, and giving him up for an aging Nash who hasn’t produced, doesn’t seem likely. Maybe they could throw in a 3rd Round Pick. Although Gorton probably isn’t keen on that idea considering the Rangers have no 1st or 2nd Round Picks.

 

Hampus Lindholm’s name has come up as well. With the signing of Sami Vatanen to a 4-year $19.5M deal, that pretty much leaves Lindholm as the odd man out as an RFA against Anaheim’s struggling cap. That’s why Fowler is the most logical solution in a trade. Although, Lindholm’s rights could be traded away soon as a deal doesn’t seem very possible unless Anaheim decides to give up on forwards such as David Perron and Chris Stewart.

 

San Jose Sharks:

The Sharks are another team rumored to be interested. The defending Western Conference Champion is disappointed to say the least they couldn’t bring Lord Stanley to Northern California, and will be making changes to try and bring it home next year. Could this change also involve Nash? San Jose has a similar power forward system as Anaheim, only it seems to be working finally in San Jose. So they’ll be expected to stick with it.

 

The only player I can see San Jose wanting to trade is Paul Martin. He’s 35-years-old and has a cap hit of $4.85M. Not that he’s a bad player, but his cap hit is a little extreme. Plus, New York is looking for defense.

 

The other assets we should point most of our focus towards in San Jose’s 2nd Round Pick this year, and their 1st Round Pick next year. As stated previously, New York has no 1st or 2nd Round Picks this year. That means they may be looking for one. Maybe next year’s 1st plus Paul Martin for Rick Nash? Some might say that’s a bit pricey given Nash’s performance. They might also throw in this year’s 2nd if New York is willing to give up a 3rd. But then that leaves San Jose without 1st or 2nd Round Picks this year, which is something General Manager Doug Wilson would not want to do.

 

I don’t see any Nash trade happening very easily. I see Gorton wanting to shop him, but his value has gone down significantly, don’t expect the best return Ranger fans.

BREAKING NEWS: Frederik Andersen Traded to Toronto


By Bobby Bauders
Senior Writer/Editor

UPDATE: Toronto agrees to a 5 year extension with Andersen.

The first domino of the 2016 goalie drama has fallen. The Anaheim Ducks have traded goaltender Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 30th overall pick and a 2nd round pick in 2017.

Toronto addresses their need for a high end goalie. Now some of the trade speculation falls on Jonathan Bernier.

Anaheim has addressed their goaltender drama. With next year’s expansion draft, the Ducks would likely only protect one goaltender. Now their decision has been made, and that goalie is John Gibson.

This trade was valued pretty well for Anaheim. Andersen is 26-years-old is a RFA on July 1st. Although, they probably could’ve swung some sort of prospect.

The Leafs’ rebuild is now coming along faster than expected. If they can get their hands on a top 4 D-Man, they could be fighting for a playoff spot in a year or two.

The Leafs are wanting to win. They’re long history of just being plain awful has gotten old. They’re acquiring for now, and the future. With Andersen’s young age and the right development, he could be the goalie of the future in behind an Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen lead offense.