The Winnipeg Jets have traded Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers for Neal Pionk and a first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Trouba is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1st and it sounds like this deal was made without the Rangers having an extension in place. Winnipeg is strapped for cap space, so they likely figured they wouldn’t be able to sign Trouba at the price he was demanding. The 25-year-old put up eight goals and 50 points in 82 games this season with the Jets . Trouba wants to be, “The Guy,” that clearly was not happening in Winnipeg.
Pionk had six goals and 26 points in 73 games with the Rangers last season. That was his first full season in the NHL.
This is a really good return for someone you were not singing