SportsPulse: The St. Louis Blues have made history in winning their first ever Stanley Cup. As Kevin Allen puts it, no city in America deserves it more.
The New York Rangers put a rush on their rebuilding efforts by boldly acquiring all-purpose defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets.
In return, the Jets receive defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th pick in Friday’s NHL draft.
Trouba, 25, produced a career-high 50 points last season and he has the shutdown ability necessary to play in the top pairing. He will undoubtedly play that role with the Rangers, who are in the midst of revamping their defense.
The Rangers recently acquired Adam Fox from the Carolina Hurricanes and he’s expected to move into their top six this season.
The American Trouba is a restricted free agent, and the Jets believed he was going to leave Winnipeg when he became an unrestricted free agent.
Trouba’s departure stings the Jets because he has developed into one of the team’s more important players. Pionk can provide offense but doesn’t offer the presence that Trouba has.
The Jets are also in danger of losing potential unrestricted free agent defenseman Tyler Myers. The team did, however, recoup their first-round pick that had been included in the mid-season trade with the Rangers for Kevin Hayes.
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The Rangers may not be done shopping: they may be interested in bidding for UFA Artemi Panarin.
John Davidson was named team president recently and Davidson knows Panarin well from their days together in Columbus.