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From the Branches: Big Trouba in Winnipeg

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He's a reasonable guy who's just experienced some unreasonable things.

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What happens when your first-round draft pick, a promising young guy, requests a trade? Do you pull an Yzerman and let him sit, because he's going to benefit the team whether he wants to be there or not? Do you try your best to recoup all you can from him? Do you make a Bruins-esque Dougie Hamilton panic trade?

And if you're Lou Lamoriello, what would you do when you find out about it?

What would you do, commentariat?

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Lol this headline.

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Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba requests trade | NHL
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Mikael Backlund leaves Team Sweden | WCH
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