Opinion: Rangers accelerate rebuild in big-time trade for Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba

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Opinion: Rangers accelerate rebuild in big-time trade for Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba

The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Neal Pionk and a first-round pick.

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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.

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