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Report: Jacob Trouba refused potential trade to the Detroit Red Wings


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Will Bloggs
July 11, 2024  (9:33)
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The Detroit Red Wings recent defense changes have sparked mixed reactions against Steve Yzerman.
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The Detroit Red Wings recent defense changes have sparked mixed reactions. General manager Steve Yzerman traded Jake Walman to the San Jose Sharks for minimal return and moved Robby Fabbri to Anaheim for cap space, yet no substantial acquisitions followed.

The addition of Vladimir Tarasenko seemed more like a replacement for David Perron than a major upgrade. Speculation arose about Yzerman's intention to clear cap space for New York Rangers captain Jacob Trouba, but Trouba reportedly blocked the trade using his no-trade clause.
Trouba's contract, signed in July 2019, includes a no-movement clause that was set to expire alongside his wife's medical residency. Despite recent trade discussions, ESPN's Emily Kaplan suggests Trouba will remain with the Rangers for the 2024-25 season. Trouba carries an $8 million cap hit, and the reported deal would have seen the Rangers retain $2.5 million, easing the financial impact on Detroit.
The potential deal's failure leaves Detroit without Trouba and Walman. Walman, who was expected to take on a larger role following Shayne Gostisbehere's departure, will no longer contribute to the Red Wings' special teams. Yzerman did sign free agent Erik Gustafsson to a two-year, $4 million deal to offset some of the offensive loss from Walman and Gostisbehere's exits.
Yzerman's moves have improved the team in some ways but created gaps in others, particularly on defense. The Red Wings offseason strategy remains uncertain, and fans hope for a significant acquisition to solidify the team's backend.
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