Rangers, rivals set to battle for Jets’ Jacob Trouba at steep cost

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  • The Rangers are among the most aggressive teams in pursuit of Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba
  • But his acquisition would come at a steep cost, both in terms of personnel going the other way in a trade package and the long-term contract Trouba would command.
  • Winnipeg, according to several sources, has yet to give permission to inquiring clubs to speak with Trouba’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, about a contract.
  • The Jets are believed to be looking for a first-rounder and a pair of legitimate prospects or young NHLers in return.
  • The Rangers, of course, own Winnipeg’s first-rounder at 20th overall, as part of the bounty Brendan Lemieux, too  obtained in the lend-lease deal for Kevin Hayes.
  • General manager Jeff Gorton, whom we are told is pushing mighty hard for Trouba, could offer that pick, impending restricted free agent Pavel Buchnevich and, perhaps, Nils Lundkvist to the Jets.

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