The New York Rangers have done what the Winnipeg Jets couldn’t do, and that’s sign defenceman Jacob Trouba to a long-term contract.
The Rangers announced they’ve inked Trouba, a restricted free agent, to a mammoth seven-year contract worth $56 million.
With the new deal, Trouba and the Rangers avoid salary arbitration. The two sides were set for an arbitration hearing on July 25 in Toronto. Trouba made $5.5 million last season with the Jets after an arbitrator awarded him a one-year contract.
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Trouba, 25, spent the last six seasons with the Jets. He had eight goals and 42 assists in 82 games last season. When it became clear the Jets couldn’t sign Trouba to a long-term deal, he was traded to the Rangers for defenceman Neal Pionk, and a first round draft pick.
The Jets selected Trouba with the ninth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.
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