Although I've long been an advocate for trading for Jacob Trouba the past year or so, the harsh reality remains: Ken Holland is our GM, and Ken Holland doesn't overpay for impact players. No, I don't consider David Legwand or Erik Cole (at the time we acquired them as pending UFA's) impact type players - and although the price was steep, the return for those two players won't be in the same ballpark as what Trouba will command.
Just to ruin everyone's Tuesday - which is for some reason the worst day of the week anyway...Take a look at the most recent trades involving an impact Right Handed Defencemen - and what the return was:
June 29th - PK SUBBAN - Cost NSH Shea Weber.
June 29th - SHEA WEBER - Cost MTL PK Subban.
June 29th - ADAM LARSSON - Cost EDM Taylor Hall.
May 2th - ERIK GUDBRANSON - Cost VAN Jared Mccann, The 38th overall pick, and the 94th overall pick in 2016.
Jan 6h - SETH JONES - Cost CBJ Ryan Johansen.
June 26th (2015) - DOUGIE HAMILTON - Cost CGY The 15th overall. 45th overall, and 52nd overall picks in 2015.
The problem is: None of these were an RFA that refused to sign a contract and therefore these and Trouba are not comparable like this. As Trouba is one he should come slightly cheaper. If we get him is a completely different matter of course.