WINNIPEG – Jacob Trouba’s request to be traded from the Winnipeg Jets isn’t sitting well with some of the team.
“I’m disappointed in him asking for that,” said Mathieu Perreault. “It’s a little selfish of him. I don’t understand it.”
Players talked about Trouba’s request before taking to the ice for this morning’s training camp session at MTS Iceplex. According to Perreault, it’s something they’re not taking lightly.
“He plays big minutes for us. He was a top defenceman,” said the forward. “He like him and want him here. All of a sudden he wants out. It’s not something we really appreciate.”
Trouba’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, released a statement on Saturday saying he has been working with the Jets since May to facilitate a trade for the unsigned defenceman. Trouba became a restricted free agent this summer when his entry-level contract expired.
“There has been no negotiation regarding the terms of a contract over the course of the last several months,” said Overhardt.
“The situation is not about money. It is solely about our client having the opportunity to realize his potential as a right shot NHL defenceman.”
Overhardt adds that Trouba will not be attending training camp with the Jets.
Trouba has logged 23 goals, 49 assists and 151 penalty minutes in 211 regular season games with the Jets.
The 22-year-old American was selected ninth overall by Winnipeg in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.