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20:15  18 june  2019
20:15  18 june  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Jacob Trouba was traded to the New York Rangers by the Winnipeg Jets on Monday for Neal Pionk and a first-round pick (No. 20) Trouba led Jets defensemen with an NHL career -high 50 points (eight goals, 42 assists), including 18 (three goals, 15 assists) on the power play , in 82 games this season.

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Fiancee's career played role in Trouba's trade to Rangers© Provided by The Associated Press FILE - In this April 2, 2019, file photo, Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba (8) has the puck while shorthanded against Minnesota Wild center Luke Kunin (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn. The New York Rangers have acquired Trouba from the Jets for defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the draft. The teams announced the trade Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien, File)

Jacob Trouba's decision against signing a long-term deal with the Winnipeg Jets was well-documented. Less so was his primary reason why.

Trouba revealed that his fiancee's aspirations to become a doctor played a role in his desire to play in the United States. On Monday, he was traded to the New York Rangers .

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TRADE Rangers : Jacob Trouba Jets: Neal Pionk and a 1st Trouba is a top-pairing defenseman. Pionk is also a restricted free agent but will come with a much smaller price since he earned almost .8 million annually over the past two years compared to .5 million for Trouba in 2018-19.

To get Trouba on Monday, the Rangers traded defenseman Neal Pionk plus the 20th choice in Friday night’ s first round, a pick they acquired from the Jets as part of a trade for forward Kevin Trouba , 25, has spent his entire six-year career with the Jets, who selected him with the ninth overall pick in 2012.

On Tuesday, he repeated what he told the Winnipeg Sun . The 25-year-old Trouba says Kelly Tyson's career is equally important.

"Everyone kinds of views me and I guess most athletes just as athletes, but there's other goals in life that I have," he said. "I want to be a husband and a father and all that stuff, and her career is important and she's worked extremely hard. I want to see the best for her as much as she wants to see the best for me."

Trouba, an offensive-minded defenseman, played the past six seasons with the Jets while Tyson went to school in Sydney, Australia, and South Florida.

He had high-profile protracted contract talks in 2016 before signing for two years and then a one-year deal that expired after this season.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff knew he'd probably have to trade Trouba when the two sides agreed there was no chance at a long-term contract. Teams around the league understood Trouba's situation amid trade talks.

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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

[RELATED: Trouba traded to Rangers by Jets | Fantasy spin: Trouba trade impact]. "This was a necessary first step for us to take and we'll move on to the next," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "With the opportunity not to get a long-term deal (with Trouba ) in Winnipeg here

"He had some personal things that he wanted to see come to fruition," Cheveldayoff said Monday after getting 23-year-old defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the trade for Trouba. "And obviously with one year to unrestricted free agency, he had that prerogative moving forward."

Trouba still needs a new contract as a restricted free agent, and Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said he and agent Kurt Overhardt agreed to discuss that this week. Gorton said he has a ballpark idea of what it will take to sign Trouba to a lengthy contract.

Trouba has 179 points in 408 regular-season NHL games. Last season, the right-handed shooter had eight goals and 42 assists and averaged just under 23 minutes a game. He'll likely see more playing time with the Rangers.

He didn't want to commit to anything in the hours after the first trade of his professional career. But Trouba sounded open to the possibility of staying with the Rangers for a while.

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Trouba gives the rebuilding Rangers a legitimate top-pairing defenceman to speed their move toward being playoff contenders again. The right-handed-shooting blue liner had eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points last season. Winnipeg is facing a salary-cap crunch and would have had trouble fitting in

The Rangers made a major splash ahead of the NHL Draft, acquiring Jacob Trouba from the Jets. Rangers coach Mike Keenan tries to fire up his team against Vancouver during game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals The big defenseman posted the best season of his career this past season, racking up

"Everything's definitely on the table," he said. "I could see myself being in New York for a long time."

Trouba didn't have any trade protections, so Winnipeg could have traded him anywhere. But with the ability to hit the unrestricted free agent market a year from now, Trouba held considerable power over where he wanted to play.

It didn't have to be New York, but it doesn't hurt.

"New York obviously is a great place for her, great place for a lot of things," Trouba said. "That was definitely important to me — both of us."

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