Rangers trade for Jets' Jacob Trouba in blockbuster


Trouba carried a cap hit of $5.5 million last season enters the off-season as a restricted free agent.

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) takes a slap shot during a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Chicago Blackhawks on April 1, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL.

Jacob Trouba is coming to Broadway. He is eligible to sign an extension with NY on July 1. Pionk is a restricted free agent this summer, who is arbitration eligible.

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Trouba, 25, played six seasons for the Jets after they selected him in with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. On Monday, they finally culminated in an actual trade. 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.

He's played all six of his National Hockey League seasons in Winnipeg.

The first-round pick in this deal was initially owned by the Jets but was sent to the Rangers prior to the trade deadline to acquire Kevin Hayes, who is a pending unrestricted free agent. The 23-year-old recorded six goals and 26 points in 73 games while averaging just over 21 minutes per night. He enjoyed a career campaign in 2018-19, posting a personal-best 50 points through 82 games for Winnipeg, tops among all defenders on the team.