Arbitrator awards Jacob Trouba $5.5M contract

Jacob Trouba has been awarded a $5.5 million contract for 2018-19 by the neutral arbitrator.

Trouba requested a salary of $7 million while the Jets countered at $4 million, so the arbitrator settled on the middle ground. The Jets have a 48-hour window to accept the contract. Walking away from it would make Trouba an unrestricted free agent, so Winnipeg is naturally expected to accept the decision.

Trouba had 24 points during an injury-plagued campaign with the Jets last season.

The six-foot-three, 202-pound defenceman scored a career-high 33 points in 60 games during 2016-17. He sat out training camp and the start of the season over a dispute with the team, before signing a two-year, $6-million contract that expired on July 1.