Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba was awarded a one-year, $5.5 million contract for next season in an arbitration ruling announced Sunday.
The Jets have two days to decide whether to pay Trouba the $5.5 million figure or to turn down the ruling and make him an unrestricted free agent.
Trouba, 24, made his Jets debut at age 19 and has spent the past five seasons with the franchise. He has 129 points (34 goals, 95 assists) in 326 games, including a 24-point campaign (three goals, 21 assists) in 55 games last season.
The arbitration ruling was announced two days after a hearing in Toronto between Trouba’s representatives and the team. Trouba is the first player in franchise history to take the Jets to arbitration.
Winnipeg reportedly offered Trouba $4 million for next season, while the blue-liner sought $7 million.
Winnipeg also has arbitration hearings pending with forwards Brandon Tanev and Marko Dano. The 26-year-old Tanev had 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 61 games last season, while the 23-year-old Dano had two goals and an assist in 23 contests.
—Field Level Media