Rangers Re-Sign Trouba
The New York Rangers avoided salary arbitration with Jacob Trouba, signing the defenseman to a seven-year, $56-million contract. The annual average value is $8 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This contract is a significant raise for Trouba, who completed a one-year, $5.75-million deal last season. After years of battling Winnipeg Jets management for a lucrative long-term deal, the 25-year-old blueliner gets his reward with the Rangers.
Trouba established himself as a top-pairing, right-side rearguard in 2018-19, netting a career-high 50 points in 82 games with the Winnipeg Jets. Acquired by the Rangers via trade last month, Trouba will be expected to fill the same role for the Blueshirts.
Going from a talented small-market club to a rebuilding roster in one of hockey’s biggest markets, it’ll be interesting to see how Trouba handles the adjustment. He’ll be carrying a heavier load on a Rangers blueline that didn’t compare to the depth of the Jets last season. Assuming Trouba rises to the challenge, it’s a great opportunity for him to silence his critics once and for all.
Cap Friendly indicates the Rangers have a projected salary-cap hit of $82.4 million, putting them over the $81.5-million cap. They must also re-sign forwards Pavel Buchnevich and Brendan Lemieux and defenseman Anthony DeAngelo. That will fuel ongoing speculation suggesting the Rangers will make a cost-cutting move via trade or contract buyout.
Jacob Trouba #Rangers
2019-20: $4M Base + $8M SB
2020-21: $2M Base + $8M SB
2021-22: $2M Base + $6M SB
2022-23: $6M Base
2023-24: $8M Base
2024-25: $6M Base
2025-26: $6M Base
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 19, 2019