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Penguins missing out on Trouba not their fault at all

The Pittsburgh Penguins missed out on a big fish last night as the New York Rangers
acquired Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets.

As reported here last Monday, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford was making an aggressive pitch to Winnipeg for Trouba with multiple sources saying Pittsburgh amongst a few others had offers on the table that significantly trumped the Rangers deal, but what played out is this ended being a one team market in reality.

A power move from the Trouba camp forced Winnipeg to take the deal from the Rangers. Two high ranking sources say Winnipeg informed Pittsburgh and a few others who were finalists within 12 hours of the accepting the Rangers offer that Trouba’s Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" an immediate trade d Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" or a threat to wait until D Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

It wasn’t a Rich Paul/Anthony Davis power move from a public standpoint but the Trouba camp forced their way to dictate a destination in a similar manner.

There is disappointment in Penguin circles as they felt for days they had an offer on the table that gave them a shot based on what the Jets were seeking from them and others, but it’s hard to call it a missed opportunity for Pittsburgh in that this ended up being a one-team market.

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