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Jets' defenceman Jacob Trouba awarded 1-year, $5.5M contract by arbitrator


WINNIPEG — An arbitrator has awarded Winnipeg Jets defenceman Jacob Trouba a one-year, US$5.5-million contract for the 2018-19 season, the NHL announced Sunday.

Winnipeg has 48 hours to accept the ruling or turn it down and make Trouba an unrestricted free agent.

Trouba, 24, was one of five restricted free agents on the Jets to file for arbitration earlier this month, including Connor Hellebuyck, Adam Lowry, Brandon Tanev and Marko Dano.

The team re-signed Lowry to a three-year, $8.75-million contract and Hellebuyck to a six-year, $37-million deal before announcing Sunday that Tanev re-signed a one-year deal worth $1.15 million.

Winnipeg was scheduled for an arbitration hearing with Tanev on July 25 before announcing the deal. Dano still has a hearing pending on July 30.

Trouba, a native of Rochester, Mich., had a hearing in Toronto on Friday.

He 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.

Trouba was the Jets' first-round pick at ninth overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.

The Canadian Press

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