National Hockey League

Trouba agrees to seven-year, $56 million contract with Rangers

Jacob Trouba and the New York Rangers agreed to terms on seven-year, $56 million contract Friday. It has an average annual value of $8 million.

The 25-year-old defenseman was a restricted free agent and was scheduled to have a salary arbitration hearing on July 25.

He had an NHL career-high 50 points (eight goals, 42 assists) in 82 games for the Winnipeg Jets last season, and one assist in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. Trouba was traded to New York for defenseman Neal Pionk and a first-round pick (No. 20) in the 2019 NHL Draft on June 17.

The Jets traded Trouba after they were unable to come to terms with him on a long-term contract. Winnipeg selected Trouba with the No. 9 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. He has 179 points (42 goals, 137 assists) in 408 NHL games, all with the Jets, and six points (two goals, four assists) in 27 playoff games.

“They’re building a winner tends to be the vibe I’ve gotten,” Trouba said after the trade. “They treat the players first class. It’s very first-class organization. I mean, it’s New York so you’ve got a big stage and they expect a lot out of their team. We want to ultimately get to the Stanley Cup.”

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