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Trouba signs $5.5 million contract with Jets awarded in arbitration

24-year-old defenseman was restricted free agent @NHLdotcom

Jacob Trouba signed his one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets that he was awarded by an arbitrator Sunday.

The 24-year-old defenseman and Winnipeg had an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Friday, and the arbitrator had a 48-hour deadline to render a decision.

Winnipeg then had 48 hours to decide whether it would accept or decline the decision. The Jets accepted the ruling, and Trouba can again become a restricted free agent July 1, 2019.

If declined, Trouba would have immediately become an unrestricted free agent.

Tweet from @NHLJets: #NHLJets fans, the arbitrator has awarded Jacob Trouba a salary of $5.5 million for the 2018-19 season.

Trouba had 24 points (three goals, 21 assists) in 55 regular-season games and three points (two goals, one assist) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games last season. He missed 20 games from Jan. 30-March 13 with a lower-body injury and five games from March 20-29 with an upper-body injury.

Selected by Winnipeg with the No. 9 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Trouba has 129 points (34 goals, 95 assists) in 326 NHL games. He sat out the first 15 games of the 2016-17 season and made a request to be traded before he signed a two-year contract with an average annual value of $3 million on Nov. 7, 2016. It expired July 1, when Trouba became an RFA.

Video: Trouba awarded one-year deal with Jets in arbitration

The Jets (52-20-10) had a franchise-record 114 points last season and finished second in the Central Division and NHL behind the Nashville Predators. They lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in five games in the Western Conference Final.

The Jets avoided arbitration hearings with forward Brandon Tanev when he agreed to a one-year, $1.15 million contract Sunday, and forward Marko Dano, when he agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract Tuesday.

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