Winnipeg Jets trade Jacob Trouba to the Big Apple

Ross Houston
June 18, 2019

The 25-year-old is now a restricted free agent, having just played out the one-year, $5.5-million deal he signed with the Jets last summer.

Jacob Trouba's situation with the Winnipeg Jets is settled once and for all. Pionk is also a restricted free agent but will cost less than the more-established Trouba.

The Jets sent Trouba's restricted free-agent rights to the Rangers in exchange for the RFA rights to prospect Neal Pionk and the 20th pick in the upcoming NHL Draft. It has been speculated for awhile that the MI native was looking to sign a long-term deal outside of Canada and he will get that chance as he heads to NY. On Monday, they finally culminated in an actual trade.

You could look at this trade as the Ranger acquiring Jacob Trouba and Brendan Lemieux for Neal Pionk and Kevin Hayes, who was a Jet for about two months.

Trouba was a 2012 1st round selection by the Jets (9th overall) at the NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh. The 23-year-old recorded six goals and 26 points in 73 games while averaging just over 21 minutes per night. In 48 AHL games during the 2017-2018 season, he scored once and added 16 assists. Trouba is a top-pairing defender who logged almost 23 minutes a night for the Jets this past season, picking up eight goals and 42 assists while playing in all 82 regular-season games for Winnipeg.

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