• Jacob Trouba’s stubborn negotiating decision failed spectacularly.
Not only did the Winnipeg Jets decline to honor the defenseman’s trade request, he missed more than a month of the season before finally caving and agreeing to a prorated two-year, $6 million deal. Players of his ilk had been signing in at least the $5 million range and for a long-term deal.
“I guess I took a stand in a way,” Trouba told reporters. “Sit out for how I felt. You can go with the flow and do whatever everybody else does and just be a part of everything, or you can try to stand up for what you believe in and what I felt was best for my future.”
GM Kevin Cheveldayoff says Trouba will remain a Jet. For how long? We’ll see.
• Speaking of the Jets, how about the dynamic duo of Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele? Laine leads the NHL with 11 goals, Scheifele leads the NHL with 19 points (nine goals).
Laine, the second player taken in June’s draft, is the fourth player in the NHL’s modern era to post multiple hat tricks in his first 14 games and the fourth player in NHL history to have multiple hat tricks before his 19th birthday.
• The night before Lake Superior State’s 1988 White House visit, Lakers coach Frank Anzalone told his players that “if anyone goes out past curfew, you lose your scholarship next year.” “So the only ones who went out were the seniors,” Wild color analyst Mike Greenlay, a goalie on the team, said, laughing. “They weren’t afraid of losing anything.”