Ramblings: Trouba Signs, Seth Jones Hurt (Nov. 8)

steve laidlaw

2016-11-08

Trouba signs, Seth Jones hurt, Capitals' star minutes and more.

Jacob Trouba signed a two-year bridge deal with the Jets worth $3 million annually. They got this done a couple of weeks sooner than I expected. I still expect Trouba to be traded but perhaps not until the offseason. The Jets held a hard line and it appears to have paid off in that they kept a talented young player without selling him for pennies on the dollar.

How this all goes over in the Jets’ locker-room will be interesting but recent examples suggest it won’t be an issue. For instance, when things hit a room patch with Evander Kane a couple of seasons ago it didn’t derail the Jets’ playoff push. A better comparison would be the Jonathan Drouin situation in Tampa Bay last season and he eventually helped them to a long playoff run. Winning can mend a lot of wounds so these first few weeks may be key.

Obviously, Trouba returning is a boon for his fantasy owners, although here is where we remind you that Dustin Byfuglien isn’t going anywhere so at best he can only reprise a secondary power play role. Still, he’s an excellent young player who could string together 30 points in 70 games with secondary PP time.

This is also a big deal for those invested in Jets goaltending. I was starting to have some doubts about Connor Hellebuyck. Long term, I know he’s legit but for this season, it was looking rough. Trouba upgrades a leaky defense in a big way. Of course, the timeshare is still in effect so perhaps this helps Michael Hutchinson more than Hellebuyck. Either way, I’m not jumping off Hellebuyck in any leagues after this news. He just bought a couple more weeks.

*

Andrew Ladd finally scored his first goal as an Islander. Perhaps this will spark him. It’s not as though he hasn’t had chances. He was also stashed on the fourth line, which isn’t exactly what you want to see:

18.66%EV CHIMERA,JASON – LEE,ANDERS – NELSON,BROCK

17.91%EV CIZIKAS,CASEY – KULEMIN,NIKOLAY – LADD,ANDREW

16.42%EV BAILEY,JOSH – CLUTTERBUCK,CAL – TAVARES,JOHN

15.67%EV PRINCE,SHANE – QUINE,ALAN – STROME,RYAN

3.73%PP BAILEY,JOSH – NELSON,BROCK – STROME,RYAN – TAVARES,JOHN

I hate all of these line combinations. It seems the only entertainment to get out of the Islanders these days is seeing what horrific line groupings Jack Capuano can cook up next.

Cal Clutterbuck also scored his first goal of the season, and while he skated mostly with John Tavares, Tavares did not setup the goal. In a league that counts hits this is a nice little boost for Clutterbuck even if it is likely short-lived.

Anthony Beauvillier continues to be a healthy scratch and Mathew Barzal continue