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What does Jacob Trouba addition mean for the Rangers

Trouba (Jonathan Kozub/National Hockey League/Getty Images)

Jeff Gorton did it again. Last night, Gorton acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for pick number 20 (originally the Winnipeg Jets pick) and right handed defenseman, Neil Pionk. I will say this was an absolute steal for Gorton and the Rangers.

In a previous post I discussed why the Rangers NEEDED to trade for Jacob Trouba. Trouba is only 25 years old, a right shot defenseman (a unicorn), and a true number one defenseman. The Rangers had serious defensive woes last year, and this move changes that drastically.

What’s Next With Trouba

Before I dive into what Trouba does for the Rangers and their back end, I want to briefly discuss his contract situation. Trouba is an RFA this summer, and will hit UFA next summer if he gets there. I certainly do not expect Trouba to go to arbitration again this year like he did last year, because I expect a long term deal done in the coming days with the Blueshirts.

The Rangers cannot offer Trouba the 8-year max because he was not on the roster at the last trade deadline, but he will certainly get the 7-year max carrying what I believe to be an AAV of $7 – 7.5 million. Now let’s take a look at what Trouba does for the Rangers back end.

Trouba instantly becomes the Rangers best defenseman, and there is absolutely no debating that. As I mentioned before, he is only 25 years old, so a 7-year deal will work out perfectly in terms of how old he will be through the contract.

A stud d-man

Trouba is a right hand shot who compiled 50 points last year for the Jets while playing in all 82 games. He is a legit top pair defenseman, and will be just that for the Blueshirts night in and night out. After moving on from Pionk, who is a right hand shot, the Rangers now have Trouba, Shattenkirk, DeAngelo, and newly acquired Harvard product Adam Fox on the right side.

The Rangers still have a decision to make there, but I can assure you that Trouba will be the top pair right hand defenseman on a nightly basis. The Rangers just filled one of, if not their biggest need in acquiring Trouba. He is an all situation type player, and a very good one. After the departure of Ryan McDonagh a couple of seasons ago, and the mediocre play of Brady Skjei, the Rangers struggled to find “The Guy” on an struggling back end. There will be no more questions about that.

I have been a fan of Trouba for quite a while now and have been wanting the Rangers to acquire him for over two years. The Rangers got the guy they wanted, but more importantly the guy they needed, for an extremely good price.

Here’s a little clip the Rangers put up of their newly acquired defenseman.

Next Move?

After an already exciting start to the offseason for the Rangers, Gorton is headed to the draft on Friday with the number two overall pick which will likely be Kaapo Kakko. Gorton is in the process of building a competitor, and I think they will continue to add after the draft.

Now, the question is where do they add and how do they do it? Word is they will be in a full court press for Artemi Panarin, but yesterday Pierre McGuire is yet another big name analyst who eluded to them maybe offer sheeting a player. This time Mitch Marner’s name was brought up. In what has been an incredible offseason thus far, the Rangers made as big a move as any in acquiring Jacob Trouba.

7 thoughts on “What does Jacob Trouba addition mean for the Rangers

  • June 18, 2019 at 9:11 am
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    About time. In today’s NHL you can’t win a Stanley Cup without having elite players.And definitely you need size. So this is an ¹excellent start.

  • June 18, 2019 at 9:36 am
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    I haven’t seen or remembered watching Trouba that much, but after reading about him and his style of play, this trade seems like a slam dunk in the Rangers’ favor. Great trade by Gorton…as long as they sign him to a contract and he doesn’t leave next year as a FA.

  • June 18, 2019 at 9:55 am
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    Absolute home run of a deal…and for Dave…Lias and Nils or Buch would have went if Troubas agent was allowed to talk to other teams…AND if it wasn’t I am ONLY going to sign long term in NY

    • June 18, 2019 at 10:12 am
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      Troubas got a lot to prove here

      Where’s the story on Brooks” piece about trading LUNDQVIST to SJ?

      Hahahaha. .

      • June 18, 2019 at 11:10 am
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        Lol Kid is a horse….we did good LG

  • June 18, 2019 at 10:43 am
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    Marner offer sheet??? By Pierre Maguire???

    • June 18, 2019 at 11:12 am
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      Its a fascinating idea….I am DEAD SET against giving up 4 1’s….But have we stock piled enough kids to afford it? Marner is what? 22? will we draft a Marner in the next 4 first rounds?

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