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Jacob Trouba Traded To The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 17, 2019 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Trouba, 25, skated in 82 games with Winnipeg this past season, registering eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 58 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including games played, assists, and points. Trouba was tied for ninth among NHL defensemen in assists during the past season (tied with Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman), and he also ranked 13th among NHL defensemen in points during the season. Of the 13 NHL defensemen who recorded 50 or more points in 2018-19, Trouba received the least amount of power play ice time during the season (168:52; next lowest was Thomas Chabot – 205:41). In addition, Trouba’s 42 assists were the second-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger this past season (trailing only Morgan Rielly), and his 50 points were the third-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger (trailing only Rielly and Chabot). He also ranked sixth in the NHL in blocked shots in 2018-19 (171).

The 6-3, 202-pounder led the Jets in total ice time (1,876:00), total shorthanded ice time (201:57), and blocked shots, ranked second in average ice time (22:53) and average shorthanded ice time (2:28), tied for second in power play assists (15), ranked third in assists and even strength assists (25), and tied for fourth in points (50; tied with Patrik Laine) in 2018-19. Trouba tallied 35 points (five goals, 30 assists) over the final 44 games of the regular season. He helped Winnipeg advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs during the past season, and he recorded one assist in six playoff contests.

Trouba has skated in 408 career NHL games over six seasons (2013-14 – 2018-19), all with Winnipeg, registering 42 goals and 137 assists for 179 points, along with a plus-37 rating and 297 penalty minutes. He has averaged at least 22:00 of ice time in five of his six NHL seasons, and he averaged a career-high, 24:58 of ice time per game in 2016-17. Trouba finished sixth in voting for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2013-14, as he recorded 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 65 games. He has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in every season of his NHL career.

Internationally, the Rochester, Michigan native has represented the United States in several tournaments. Trouba has represented the United States at the IIHF World Championship three times (2013, 2014, 2017), the IIHF World Junior Championship twice (2012 and 2013), and the IIHF U18 World Championship twice (2011 and 2012), and he was also a member of Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. He helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship; he was named the Best Defenseman in the tournament, as he led all defensemen in goals (four) and points (nine). Trouba also helped the United States win a gold medal in back-to-back years at the IIHF U18 World Championship (2011 and 2012), and he also helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2013 IIHF World Championship.

Trouba was selected by Winnipeg in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Pionk skated in 101 games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), registering seven goals and 33 assists for 40 points, along with 47 penalty minutes. He was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on May 1, 2017.

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Paul's avatar

If you want another trade to happen, just ask me to take a shower.

It works!

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/17/19 at 08:02 PM ET

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It’s usually pee breaks that lead to Wings goals for me.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/17/19 at 10:01 PM ET

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You and my son, Chris. He can’t whiz one out without a red light.

Pionk and a late 1st suggests that Trouba could’ve been had here if that was the direction that management wanted to go.

Posted by Squarewheels from The Land of Unhealthy Scratching on 06/17/19 at 10:42 PM ET

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Not as much as I expected - “possibly bidding war”

Assume Rangers offer role and spotlight Trouba is seeking
and will pay what it takes to get him signed.

Also assume they will need to dump a contract or two.
Buyout or some retained salary plus a sweetener.

Never made sense Winnipeg would move Trouba unless a more affordable
young defenseman was coming back.

Posted by lefty.30 on 06/17/19 at 11:24 PM ET

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Glad the Wings didn’t trade for him, hope they don’t try to sign him if he becomes a free agent also.

Posted by Stump23 on 06/18/19 at 12:38 AM ET

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Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/17/19 at 08:02 PM ET

Reminds me of a friend who, when we were watching playoff games (in a city of horrors, I assure you) it seemed like every time she went to the bathroom the Wings scored. And of course we told her to get back in there every time! Poor girl hardly saw any hockey.

Posted by Steeb on 06/18/19 at 04:25 AM ET

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That was a very underwhelming return…. Pionk isn’t a very great D….
Either the Jets really wanted a D back, in which case, we don’t have much to offer…. but why anyone wouldn’t want Trouba on this team is nuts…. he’s exactly what we need, young-ish still and presumably would enjoy playing here.  But with no first round to give up (arguably our second is far off from that, so with a slightly better player a deal could have been had?) but we don’t have any quality D we could spare.  Not to mention the log jam we have.  Sigh.

I guess my biggest hope is that somehow he manages to get rid of a few of the abundance of well paid bottom 6 forwards and use more of Ehn/Turgeon/etc…. and 1 or 2 of our geriatric well paid D.  Maybe a surprise upside free agent signing too would be nice.

Posted by DieByTheWing on 06/18/19 at 08:44 AM ET

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Either the Jets really wanted a D back, in which case, we don’t have much to offer…. but why anyone wouldn’t want Trouba on this team is nuts…. he’s exactly what we need, young-ish still and presumably would enjoy playing here.  But with no first round to give up (arguably our second is far off from that, so with a slightly better player a deal could have been had?) but we don’t have any quality D we could spare.  Not to mention the log jam we have.  Sigh.

The Jets got exactly what they wanted in return:
- salary cap relief
- NHL ready defenseman at a much cheaper cost
- first round pick

The Wings would have had to creative to give them something similar. I imagine they weren’t gong to part with the #6 pick so at least 2 of those 2nd round picks would be required plus one of their young / cheap defensemen (likely Hronek). I can understand why Yzerman would be reluctant to make such a move for a guy who will be a UFA next summer.

Posted by evileye on 06/18/19 at 09:54 AM ET

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Detroit had jack sh!t to give the Jets 3-4 years ago for him and it’d be stupid to give up anything now when he’s ufa next summer and wants to play here.


Just gotta wait and see. I’d like to have him on the Wings but if he signs with NY or somewhere else I won’t lose any sleep over it

Posted by SauceBoss on 06/18/19 at 11:22 AM ET

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It’s early, but some talk this morning Trouba is interested in staying long term with the NYR.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/19 at 11:24 AM ET

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Rick Ralph tweet,

Interesting #NHLJets chat on TSN 1050 with @DarrenDreger.  Saying Chevy was “boxed in a little bit” and that “Trouba made it abundantly clear that there were specific teams that he would go to.”  The list?  Not 10 or 5 teams “I think it was 1 or 2 to be fair.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 06/18/19 at 11:49 AM ET

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I see a lot of people slamming Chevy for this one. I’m not sure any of the critiques take into account the salary cap though - teams can’t pay everyone, especially not the Jets.

On top of that, IMO Trouba is a nice player, but if you’re going to pay him like a top 1 or 2 Dman, you probably aren’t going to go far. He makes a lot of mistakes on the ice.

Posted by HaHasek on 06/18/19 at 01:43 PM ET

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