Jeff Gorton practically said; “Let’s be done with this rebuild crap.” The New York Rangers traded Neal Pionk and the first round pick they acquired for Kevin Hayes from Winnipeg at the deadline for Jacob Trouba. So in essence, the final deal could be looked at as Pionk, a Hayes rental, and the first for Trouba and Brendan Lemieux.
On top of that, the Rangers first three draft picks in Friday’s draft have been turned into either Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko, Jacob Trouba, and Adam Fox.
Jacob Trouba brings a whole lot to this team. He will be in the top defensive pairing next year, and is a great offensive talent at the blue line, he was 13th amongst defensemen in points (8 goals 42 assists) and can log minutes on the ice. He is also projected to be with the top power-play unit as well.
At 25, he is in the prime of his career. He is a UFA next year, but it seems that an extension between the Blueshirts and Trouba could be done prior to opening night. John Davidson and Jeff Gorton won’t be hesitant to pay him eight years at an AAV around eight million per year. He deserves to be a high paid defenseman but is not on the elite level as a guy like Erik Karlsson, but he is still a top tier defenseman in the sport.
John Davidson and Jeff Gorton did not wait to get to working together. They now need to attack this draft on Friday and be in on guys like Artemi Panarin. With this move, the Rangers have got the offseason going.
With Jacob Trouba with the Blueshirts, this is not the last move to be made. Watch for the New York Rangers to be very aggressive when it comes to the rest of this offseason.
Jacob Trouba, Welcome to New York.