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Despite 'lots of work,' Jets, Jacob Trouba at impasse

Winnipeg trying to sign or trade restricted free agent defenseman @NHL

Restricted free agent defenseman Jacob Trouba remains unsigned and the Winnipeg Jets have not been able to find a suitable trade.

"It's an unfortunate business type of situation that you deal with," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff told Sportsnet "Hockey Central" on Wednesday. "Rest assured, there's been lots of work on this."

Trouba, 22, requested a trade in May because he wants to play prominent minutes on the right side and the Jets don't give him that opportunity. Winnipeg has remained patient despite starting this season 1-2-0 (tied for last place in the Central Division) heading into its home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

If Trouba does not have a contract, with the Jets or another team, by Dec. 1, he will be ineligible to play this season.

Video: NSH@WPG: Trouba snaps the puck past Rinne

"It's not something on our minds," agent Kurt Overhardt told the Winnipeg Free Press on Monday. "There's obviously a lot of time between now and then. We're going to continue to keep working in good faith and try helping to facilitate a positive transaction so everyone can benefit."

Winnipeg has right-handed defensemen Dustin Byfuglien, 31, and Tyler Myers, 26, filling top-four roles.

"We've got 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds playing huge roles on teams. And at 22 years old, a player doesn't want to stay around waiting if he thinks his ability is greater than the opportunity he's been given, because there's really great players in front of him," Overhardt told the National Post.

The Jets are attempting to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after failing to qualify last season, when they were 35-39-8, last in the Central Division with 78 points. They were fifth in the division in 2014-15 with 99 points (43-26-13) and made the playoffs, but got swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round.

Trouba had an NHL career-low six goals and 21 points last season but was a career-high plus-10 in 81 games.

"I think the players understand these situations. They obviously have at different points in time witnessed, seen it or been part of it," Cheveldayoff said. "At the end of the day, I'm going to make the decision that I feel is right for the Winnipeg Jets organization."

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