New York Rangers sign Jacob Trouba to long-term, $56 million deal

Rangers, Trouba agree to 7-year, $56M deal

Rangers, Trouba agree to 7-year, $56M deal

The Rangers announced they've inked Trouba, a restricted free agent, to a mammoth seven-year contract worth $56 million. I mean, it's NY so you've got a big stage and they expect a lot out of their team.

NY is now $906,000 above the cap ceiling with 22 players under contract and four RFAs unsigned, according to CapFriendly.

Trouba was traded to the Rangers by the Winnipeg Jets in June in exchange for blue-liner Neal Pionk and a 2019 first-round pick, which the Jets used to select defenseman Ville Heinola.

Trouba registered eight goals and 50 points in 82 regular-season games for the Jets in 2018-19, but Winnipeg was unlikely to come to terms with the Rochester, Mich., native given the other high-profile RFAs Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff must sign this off-season. In 2016, he asked for a trade but eventually backed down.

A 6-foot-3, 202 pounds, Trouba is a workhorse defenceman especially adept at blocking shots. He received a one-year, $5.5 million deal in arbitration last summer, and with the Jets in a salary-cap crunch, they shipped him out. But the Rangers believe he has plenty of upside offensively.

The American defenceman has 179 points in 408 National Hockey League games.