Will the Winnipeg Jets trade Jacob Trouba?
Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports that with little signs pointing to a long-term future with the Winnipeg Jets, Wiebe believes Jacob Trouba could be dealt ahead of the 2019 NHL draft.
The Jets are without a first-round draft pick next month and Wiebe writes the team “would love” to get a first-rounder and a top-pairing defenceman back in a trade. He admits, however, that the Jets would unlikely fetch that for Trouba alone and wonders if the team will instead try to package Trouba as part of a bigger deal.
On a long-term deal, Wiebe speculates Trouba could carry $7.5 million-$8.5 million cap hit, which he notes will rule out some contenders from pursuing the defenceman.
Colorado interested in Artemi Panarin
Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said he plans to aggressive in free agency this summer to help improve his roster.
According to Adrian Dater, two forwards are high on Sakic’s list of potential additions on July 1.
Dater reports the Avalanche are expected to make a “big pitch” to Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin and are also targeting Winnipeg Jets centre Kevin Hayes.