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Jacob Trouba signs Seven-Year contract with the Rangers

4:53PM: Trouba’s contract breaks down as (Cap Friendly):

  • 2019-20: $12 million (4M Base Salary & $8M Signing Bonus)
  • 2020-21: $10 million (2M Base Salary & $8M Signing Bonus) | No-Move Clause
  • 2021-22: $8 million (2M Base Salary & $6M Signing Bonus) | No-Move Clause
  • 2022-23: $6 million base salary | No-Move Clause
  • 2023-24: $8 million base salary | No-Move Clause
  • 2024-25: $6 million base salary | 15-team no-trade list
  • 2025-26: $6 million base salary | 12-team no-trade list

Players can’t have no-move clauses in their contracts until they are 26.

4:04PM: The Rangers have announced that they have come to terms with Jacob Trouba on a seven-year contract.

His cap hit is $8 million and the deal includes some no-move protection.

His contract appears to include a limited no-trade clause beginning in 2024-25 that allows Trouba to submit a list of 15 teams he would not accept a trade to.

Trouba was an RFA and scheduled for an arbitration hearing next week.

The Rangers acquired Trouba from Winnipeg in June for the 20th pick in the 2019 draft and Neal Pionk.

Adam Rotter: It took a bit longer than expected but this was the expected outcome for the Rangers and Trouba. The Rangers have their Ryan McDonagh replacement locked up and hope that Trouba can have the same type of impact that their former captain did. It’s about fair market value for someone like Trouba and easily what he would have gotten as a UFA next summer. Will he live up to being an $8 million dollar a year player? We can’t know for sure but it’s much safer to make that kind of bet on a 25-year like Trouba then it would have been on a 30-year old McDonagh. Now with Trouba signed the Rangers need to figure out how the rest of the D will shake out and see who will, and more importantly who won’t, be with the team this season.

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What to expect from the Rangers this week

7/10 | EJ Hradek said on the NHL Network on Tuesday evening, “I talked to Jeff Gorton yesterday and he said that it’s a process and they are working on it. There is arbitration that they can go through and get a deal done for a year and then get back at it on a longer term deal but Trouba wants to be there, the Rangers went out and got him. I think this is a long term deal that can get done.”

7/9 | The NHLPA has announced that Trouba’s arbitration hearing is set for 7/25 and that Buchnevich’s hearing is set for 7/29.

7/8 | The Rangers enter this week with just over $8 million in cap space and Jacob Trouba, Tony DeAngelo, Pavel Buchnevich, Brendan Lemieux and Vinni Lettieri still needing to be signed.

Trouba and Buchnevich filed for arbitration over the weekend with hearings slated for later this month.

Reports indicate that the Rangers are moving closer on a contract with Trouba, likely to be in the seven-year range and a cap hit of close to $8 million per season.

Chris Kreider remains with the Rangers with one-year left on his contract and Jeff Gorton said last week “we’ve had a couple of chats with Chris’ group and where it goes with any of our players, we will take some time to figure that out. Today is a big day in getting Panarin but we will move forward in the next few days and start to figure out what is next and where we go from here. Chris, in particular, is a really good player and a player we like a lot and we will continue to talk to his agent and Chris and see what his next.”

With Trouba and Buchnevich filing for arbitration, the Rangers will have access to a second buyout window. Kevin Shattenkirk and Brendan Smith are possible buyout options for the Rangers.

The Rangers have used 39 of their 50 contract slots.

The Rangers remain without a coaching staff for the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers still have moves to make and it wouldn’t be shocking if Trouba’s deal gets finalized and announced at some point this week. The overall framework seems agreed to, or close to it, with details such as structure, signing bonuses and no-move/no-trade protection still being ironed out. Once Trouba is locked up the Rangers can then look at how they want to create the cap space to sign Buchnevich, DeAngelo and Lemieux. The belief from some around the league is that the Rangers have some different options but they may be held up by the log-jam of top RFAs and second and third tier UFAs still waiting to sign.

Vlad Namestnikov jumps off the page as the most likely player to be moved but the Rangers don’t want to give him away. It’s more than likely that he will be moved for a pick or two to a team looking for a solid top-nine forward but the Rangers may have to retain some of his salary to get the best return.

Matt Beleskey and his $1.9 million cap hit could give the Rangers some relief in Hartford but he may be someone the Rangers move to a team that needs to get right up to the cap for maximum LTIR benefits. If anything happens related to that it likely won’t happen until right before the season starts.

The feeling from some around the league is that the Rangers plan to keep Kevin Shattenkirk and that, unless a contender was willing to trade for him, he may wield his no-move/no-trade protection to make sure of it. The Rangers don’t appear too keen on using a buyout on Shattenkirk unless it’s absolutely necessary. The right side and PP are both crowded with Trouba, Tony DeAngelo and Adam Fox but Fox may start the season in Hartford with the hope he follows Ryan McDonagh’s development path instead of Matt Gilroy’s.

Brendan Smith remains the most likely Ranger to be bought out but that still remains to be seen. The preference would be to move Smith in a trade but that is much easier said than done for a defenseman that played more forward than defense for parts of last season.

Then there is Chris Kreider as the Rangers face a situation of needing to be move him before the season starts or find some way to lock him up long-term. Kreider does have some control with a limited NTC but I don’t think either side is interested in heading to training camp in the current situation. I still believe that the Rangers intended to sign Kreider long-term but that things changed in a big way when Artemi Panarin signed. There was no reason to keep Kreider at the deadline, when his value was at his absolute highest, if the intention wasn’t to extend him and the same holds true of the draft. There are a number of teams that would be a fit for Kreider with Boston, Montreal and Columbus all making sense.

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The Rangers have made progress on a contract for Jacob Trouba

7/1 | Jeff Gorton said of Trouba, “I’ve had really good conversations with those guys, moving in the right direction and I think it will continue to do so. All of our conversations are about how much he wants to be part of it in NY and the Rangers. Everything is positive and we are looking forward.”

6/28 | Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers and Jacob Trouba’s agent are working on an extension that is expected to be seven-years and in the range of $7.5 million to $8 million per season. (NY Post)

It was noted last week that Trouba’s deal would likely be seven-years and close to $8 million.

A cap hit between $7.5 million and $8 million would likely put him in the top-10 for highest cap hits for defensemen.

Trouba, 25, played last season on a one-year arbitration deal that paid him $5.5 million.

Trouba would be one of only three defensemen 27 or younger with a cap hit of at least $7 million. (Cap Friendly)

Prior to the arbitration hearing last summer, the Jets submitted a salary of $4 million to the arbitrator while Trouba submitted $7 million.

Brian Burke said on Hockey Central at Noon on 6/28, “The money for Jacob Trouba, lets look at what he is. He’s definitely a top-four defenseman but he’s not higher than a three, he can’t play the left side. He has some bite and he can pound the puck but he’s not an offensive threat. He’s in that second pair and that is what the market is for those guys. They are going to choke on the term. With Jacob Trouba, who I like as a player, he has some bit, he’s never turned into the offensive force they thought he might be. When he turned pro the comparisons were to John Carlson, big shot, right shot, American kid, has some bite, will put up good points and he hasn’t. He’s an open-ice hitter, finishes hard in his own end, everyone likes him, I like him as a player but his offense is limited, he can not play the left side. I’m not being critical, it’s just that when he played the left side he hated it and was bad at it. He’s gotta play the right side, he’s not a first PP guy, he’s not a first PK guy on a lot of teams, he might be there. I don’t mind the money, the term is going to be the problem.”

He is slated to be a UFA next summer.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers acquired Trouba knowing that it would cost a lot in terms of cap hit but they feel the investment is worth it because of his age, impact and role in the rebuild. He can be a steal for the Rangers at around $8 million if he can put him 50-60 points, play 22-24 minutes and anchor the Rangers top-pair.

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What Jacob Trouba said about joining the Rangers

Jacob Trouba met with the media on Tuesday morning and said the following (MSG):

  • On how he felt being traded, “I was a little surprised, I was cooking dinner and got a call from Chevy. I knew there were rumors and talk about it but I didn’t expect it to happen last night. Enjoyed the night, couldn’t be happier to join the team and be part of the Rangers organization. It’s a pretty special organization with the history and city and couldn’t be more excited.”
  • What do you know about the Rangers, “I’ve talked to friends, Kevin Hayes a little bit about living in NY. I know Brady Skjei pretty well and obviously Brendan Lemieux. I’ve talked to some guys, we haven’t gotten that in depth of what is expected or the role or any of that stuff. I know what I can bring to the table and hope to have the opportunity to do it for a long time.”
  • Are you open to a long-term deal, “last night we just wanted to enjoy the process and I’m sure we will deal with that in the coming days around the draft and everything is on the table and I could see myself being in NY for a long time.”
  • Do you know David Quinn at all, “brand new relationship. Just from talking to people they have told me some things about him and style and that kind of stuff. I talked to him last night on the phone and looking forward to starting something good.”
  • Why did it not work out in Winnipeg, “my fiancee aspires to be a doctor and it’s something that is very important to me and we want to have a life and live together and her career is as important as my career. This is a pretty good situation for both of us.”
  • On how he’s developed being paired with Josh Morrisey, “he’s a special player and he can do a lot of things that are underrated, he does all the little things that make the game easier for his partner. He’s got all the talent in the world and a very good person and teammate and definitely going to miss playing with him.”
  • What have you heard about the Rangers, “they are building a winner, that is the vibe that I’ve gotten. First class organization, it’s New York. You have a big stage and they expect a lot out of their team and we ultimately want to get to the Stanley Cup.”
  • How important are the off-ice factors, “there are other goals in life that I have and I want to be a husband and father and her career is important and she’s worked extremely hard to get where she is. I want to see the best for her as much as she wants to see the best for me and we wanted to find a way for us to both be successful in our careers while living together and achieving other goals that we have in life outside of our goals. There are other places she can do it but New York is a great place for her and a lot of things. That was definitely important to both of us.”
  • On his relationship with some Rangers, “I guess some pictures of me and Brady surfaced that weren’t the most….I think I was wearing his sunglasses by the way, I’d never buy those. I’ve had a great relationship with Brady for a long time. Usually when he is in Winnipeg we go for dinner and I’ll see him when we come to NY. We have always been close. Playing with Kevin, I know he isn’t there anymore but we talked a lot about NY and his time there. I played with Boo at Michigan, a lot of guys. The hockey world is pretty close and you find your way in with people.”
  • On this past season, “It was a little different, some injuries opened up more opportunity. I was happy with how I played but I think there is more there and I want to achieve more, another level of my game that I think I can get to. It was a good season and with a little bit more opportunity I showed what I was capable of and I don’t think I showed everything yet.”

Trouba joined NHL Now on Tuesday and said:

  • “I didn’t really expect it to happen yesterday but happy it happened and happy to be part of the Rangers.”
  • How did you think it would play out, “I was thinking Friday was going to be the day or the day before, but I wasn’t expecting it last night.”
  • On his motivation, “family. There are certain things that we decided, my fiance and I decided that in order to do things we wanted to do outside of hockey and goals for our life together, this was a necessary thing to do.”
  • On how he fits with the Rangers, “they got a lot of good young talented players, I have some good buddies that play there, some guys who were there, just being in NYC and being part of the Rangers is pretty cool and hopefully go in and figure things out quick and where I fit in and can help and play how I play.”
  • What do you know about the NY area, “not a whole lot, never really been there on vacation, just on the road but one of my favorite places to go. Life in general there is pretty exciting and looking forward to getting to know it.”
  • On his contract, “they are talking and I can see myself being there for a long time but we will let Kurt and them figure out the contract situation.”
  • Will you pay attention to the draft, “definitely going to be interested. We saw what Patrik Laine did when he came to Winnipeg as a high pick and it’s pretty drastic the impact the draft can have with a top pick. That is exciting and a big part of what we are building here.”
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Recap: What Jeff Gorton said about the Jacob Trouba trade

Jeff Gorton spoke with the media on Monday night following the Jacob Trouba trade and said (MSG):

  • On how this happened, “I would say that we have had a number of conversations over the last few weeks with Winnipeg about some players and Jacob’s name came up. He’s a player that we would covet, and most teams would, with what he can do and provide for you. He’s a big defenseman, 25-years old, can play against the best players, has offense, kill penalties, is in the prime of his career. The opportunity for a player like that to become available doesn’t happen all the time and we jumped on it and had conversations that led to this and here we are.”
  • On where he fits, “I think that stepping in is fairly obvious. He’s going to come here and play big minutes, he’s a pretty versatile guy and we can envision him playing in all scenarios and being a big part of it.”
  • Have you had any conversations about a contract, “I spoke to Jacob after the trade to welcome him. He’s pretty excited and thinks it will be a good fit, all of us feel that way and as far as his agent I talked to Kurt after the trade as well and we agreed to talk over the next few days.”
  • Do you have a contract ballpark, “I do, I wouldn’t share it with you but I have an idea of what I think it will take. I have my ballpark but I haven’t talked to those guys about numbers. We’ve done our research to factor in what we think it might be and what a player like that is worth so we will move forward like that and complete confidence that we can get a deal done.”
  • Does this make it more likely to use a buyout, “It’s a good question, I haven’t thought too much about it right now. I would say that I don’t have an answer, if you ask me closer to the draft I might be able to answer it better.”
  • How does this accelerate the rebuild, “I think it’s big, when we are out there trying to improve the team we are looking for players that fit into what we are doing and age is a big part of it. They have to be good players but the age of 25 and really coming into his prime and the different amount of things that Jacob can provide helps us a lot. Does it accelerate, we will see but we are getting a real good player that we have coveted for a while and it’s exciting and it fits with what we are doing and see where it takes us.”
  • Are you making moves to get back to the playoffs next year, “That is one way to look at it, we have had all of these first round picks and we talk about if we are going to use them all to make the picks or acquire players that will be around for what we want to do and this was one opportunity where, we felt we had some luck on our side to get to number two, we have other picks and just felt like this is a player who is going to be with us for a while, that is the biggest reason why we felt comfortable moving from number 20. As for more moves coming, I hope so. I hope there are more things out there, there is a lot of talk and names out there and ways to improve the team. We are excited to head to Vancouver and see what lies ahead.”
  • On Chris Kreider’s situation, “Not really, I have had conversations with his agent, short conversations just to talk about what we are thinking and when we should talk. I’ll keep that private and we will continue to talk and see how it progresses and let you know how it evolves.”
  • On having cap space, “it’s really important, and over the last few years with this rebuild is that having cap space affords you conversations you couldn’t have before. Now I think we are in conversations and talking to teams about things that maybe 3-4 years ago we weren’t able to do. There are a lot of different avenues to do this and conversations that go into this as far as eating money or spending money but having cap space is a big thing to do, a big weapon to have that gives us different looks.”
  • How important was it to make the deal before the draft, “it helps, there are a lot of things we are looking at and looking to do and want to do and this is a big one and sort of sets a tone and adds a really nice player. One of the things as we head into the summer was to improve the defense and we feel like we’ve done that today. As we head into the draft and free agency there are some other areas and different things we want to look at. We think it’s a good tone setter and feel fortunate.”
  • Did moving up to #2 allow you to trade these picks, “I think it has a positive effect. When you go into the lottery and start at six and now we are at two and the opportunity to get a special player is there for us and somebody that can walk into our lineup and contribute right away and have an impact. It plays into it, if we were still picking at six would we have still done this deal? Probably we would have. This is player that can do so much for you and it’s an opportunity we just felt we had to take.”
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Rangers acquire JACOB TROUBA from Winnipeg

The Rangers have announced that they have acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from Winnipeg in exchange for Neal Pionk and the 20th pick in the draft.

The Rangers had previously acquired the #20 pick from Winnipeg, along with Brendan Lemieux, for Kevin Hayes.

Trouba, 25, is an RFA and one-year away from being a UFA.

His cap hit last season was $5.5 million.

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It had been suggested that the Rangers could use the 20th pick as part of a package to possibly acquire Jacob Trouba from Winnipeg.

Adam Rotter: Wow, the Rangers wanted Trouba and they got him and for far less than expected. It was believed that a deal for Trouba would likely include #20 going back to Winnipeg, either Pionk or Tony DeAngelo and probably another piece or two but instead the Rangers are able to land Trouba for just two pieces. A long-term extension is surely on the way as the Rangers land their replacement for Ryan McDonagh and are able to do so without surrendering Libor Hajek, Nils Lundkvist or any of their other defense prospects. Pionk is a nice player and someone the Jets can slot in on defense but he was definitely expendable after a big dip in his play during the second half of the year. This is a big move for the Rangers as they add a big piece on defense and someone who can pair with Brady Skjei to form the beginning of their next defense core.