Where Things Currently Stand With Jacob Trouba

Where Things Currently Stand With Jacob Trouba
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The New York Rangers reportedly have been working on a deal with the Detroit Red Wings that would send team captain Jacob Trouba back to his home state, but things have seemingly hit a snag.

Here is the latest via Elliotte Friedman on a truncated episode of 32 Thoughts following the NHL draft.

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Transcript of 32 Thoughts - https://www.sportsnet.ca/podcasts/32-thoughts/

Trouba's NMC clauses downgrades to a modified no-trade clause at 12:01 pm on Monday, and at that point the team can't trade him anywhere on that list. If Detroit were on that list, the Rangers would have to work out another deal, or they could also consider buying him out as a last resort during the second window.

While waivers is mentioned as a possibility, it's hard to see any team immediately jumping on a deal worth $8 million a year for the next two years. The Rangers were rumored to be retaining salary in the deal in limbo with Detroit, and that is something that was helping to facilitate that trade.

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Ryan Lindgren is a restricted free agent with arbitration rights, and if he were to elect arbitration that would create an opening later in the summer for the team to buy out the final two years of Trouba's contract if they were unsuccessful in finding another trade partner.


If bought out, the Rangers would save $4 million a season the next two years, and have two years with a dead cap charge of $2 million, but in the aggregate would save $4 million.


At this point, there's no telling exactly how things will end up, but we certainly will learn more on Monday once free agency opens and what the Rangers do in terms of adding salary to their payroll.