One day after the Winnipeg Jets and Jacob Trouba came to terms on a two-year contract that comes with a $3 million cap hit, the defenceman rejoined the team on Tuesday’s morning skate, ahead of Winnipeg’s game against Dallas.
The 22-year-old defenceman who asked to be traded out of Winnipeg in May, but which became public in September, had until December 1 to sign a new contract or else he would have been ineligible to play in the NHL this season. The bridge deal allows Trouba to get back on the ice and play for the Jets, while the team continues to search for a trade partner, if it still wants to grant his request.
Trouba will not be in the lineup Tuesday, but could return to game action on Thursday.
After the skate, Trouba said the new contract committed him to the Jets, while GM Kevin Cheveldayoff told the Hockey Central at Noon crew that he was not looking to trade Trouba.