Jets trade Trouba to Rangers for Pionk, 1st-rounder

  • Winnipeg trades Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 draft —
  • Winnipeg’s own pick from the Kevin Hayes trade.
  • Huge move for New York Rangers.
  • We cannot say the same for the Jets.
  • NY Rangers Accelerate Their Rebuild By Acquiring Jacob Trouba For Peanuts
  • In fairness, the Jets didn’t have much leverage.
  • Trouba wanting out of Winnipeg has been an annual story that finally came to a head with the Blueshirts winning the grand prize.
  • All it took was shipping their own first-rounder back to them (acquired in the Hayes deal) and Neal Pionk.
  • Pionk was already expendable after the acquisition of Hobey Baker finalist Adam Fox so it only helped NY to include him in the swap.
  • Really can’t ask for a better deal as it essentially breaks down to a couple months of Kevin Hayes for Brendan Lemieux & Trouba.
  • This trade marks the end of a two-year saga during which the Jets and Trouba’s camp butted heads on more than one occasion in contract negotiations.
  • Trouba, 25, enjoyed a career year in 2018-19. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound right-handed defenseman registered 50 points in 82 games while averaging nearly 23 minutes per night.
  • Pionk, a 6-foot, 186-pound right-handed blue-liner, is coming off his first full NHL season. The 23-year-old recorded six goals and 26 points in 73 games while averaging just over 21 minutes per night.

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