Rangers ink Jacob Trouba to seven year deal, $8 million per season

Jacob Trouba and the Rangers have agreed to a deal, avoiding arbitration. The seven year deal at an $8 million cap hit makes Trouba, who is currently the Blueshirts’ top defender, the highest paid defenseman on the team. The Rangers acquired Trouba in June in exchange for Neal Pionk and a 1st round pick at the draft.

The deal for Trouba is not a discount, the Rangers are paying full price for his services. That is fine, and relatively expected. I’ll take the cheap acquisition cost and the market value contract all day everyday. Considering Tyler Myers got $7 million a season, this actually seems like a bargain for a 1RD who will see significant powerplay time.

The Blueshirts have three remaining RFAs: Pavel Buchnevich (arbitration), Brendan Lemieux, and Tony DeAngelo.

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  • Dave – Myers got $6 million a season (30 million total for 5 years), not 6. Was hoping they could keep Trouba to 7.5 but it was not meant to be.

    Hope this doesn’t mean the end of Kreider but I don’t see how they will be able to keep him.

    • Correct Orland Tyler Myers cap hit is only 6 million. And correct again on Kreider. As he is likely the only asset the Rangers can move to dump salary without having to add a sweetener. The Rangers now rank second in teams with the highest salary cap (behind Vegas) and still have 3 players to sign.

  • Nice deal now what do we do? No money for anyone else. Buyout is coming by end of the month. Buch will undoubtedly be moved – unless AD getting traded soon – we had to make the deal, but we are in Cap hell.

    • No money for anyone else? True, but who else do we need now? (I’m assuming that Panarin manages to get out of Russia before Putin can stop him.) If we buy out Staal, that frees up $2.8M this year and $2.2M next year, but hits us with another $1.2M each year for the next 2, but a number of contracts, including Hank’s, will come off the books at the same time.

    • ADA is a guy without a role, so I assume he gets moved within minutes of agreeing on a 1st year bonus heavy 2 year contract.

      If Gorton is a stone cold gangsta, I’m starting to come around to the idea of him extending Georgiev now for 3 years, then going to Hank: “agree to a trade or we’re buying you out”.

      Saves $4.25mm this year, $2.75mm next but net spend on goaltending is less than it currently is and will drop after year 2.

      I will take all the thumbs down on this idea, but if Gorts dares to pull the trigger, I will buy him a steak dinner every night at Traverse City.

  • The closest comparison to Trouba’s new Contract is Alex Petrangelo. However, at the time of signing this contract, Trouba has played almost twice as many games as Petrangelo had when he signed his contract.
    The Rangers still have to sign Buch, DeAngelo, Lemieux, and Letieri. While Letieri isn’t a big deal, it’s still another $700k the Rangers don’t have. They currently show (Per Cap Friendly) $900k over the regular season salary cap.
    During the summer teams are afforded an additional 10% of the cap to evacuate young players. Gorton May have to not only trade a roster player, it may be time to use a buyout on Smith or Staal. I may lean towards Staal because of his age and Cap hit. I’m pretty sure Smith can be traded. Staal has NMC in his terrible deal.

    • None of those buyouts will help us in the long run.

      The Swedish elephant in the room is the 8 million on a 38 year old goalie with.

      I think a buyout is most beneficial over the term.

      • My proposition is this.

        If ha k were to waive his no trade. Offline him for a 2-4 rounder

        Buyout Matt belesky. Look it up it’s a good deal.

        TonyD 2 year 3m
        Buchnevich 3.5m 2year
        Lemieux 2year 2m

        That gives us one million in cap space and keeps the new core together.

        • Beleskey isn’t eligible for a buyout this time around & even if Hank was open to waiving his NMC,we would likely have to retain half of his salary for a team to consider taking him on.

  • I’ve been saying all along it would be $8M or over, so this is a fine deal. For a 1RD just entering his prime this market rate if not a bit under. You’re buying 6 years of free agency, factor that into the equation.

  • Happy Friday Boys, Get ready for a trade very soon and do not be surprised if a big tough guy is acquired and inserted on the 4th line watching over the young players. In about a week or so, a deal should be made. Stay tune…deals out west potentially coming

      • Why trade for Reaves when Lemiuex can do the exact same thing and can add scoring? Reaves isn’t needed.

          • Lemieux reminds me a bit of Prust, but Reaves is a legit heavyweight … but first let’s get under the cap.

          • Why do you need a player like Reaves? Especially since other teams don’t really employ those types of players anymore. Lemieux is where the role is heading.

          • Getting Reaves would be the icing on the cake of a very exciting off season. Not only is he the best heavyweight fighter in the league, he can play the game. Watched him take a regular shift the last 2 years during the Vegas Knighrs playoff runs. The Tom Wilson’s of the league we stay far and away from our young finesse European players ( we have many) knowing Reaves is on the prowl. Gorton/ JD do whatever it takes to acquire Ryan Reaves

        • I wasn’t commenting on the efficacy of such a move and to be honest right now I think the sole focus should be on getting rid of players, not adding them.

    • You have been right with your info many times before Gene, I hope your right again…but I hope it doesn’t include any of our young players that can help down the road.

  • That’s one down, and three to go.

    I can see Buch being traded before he signs a deal, and maybe one buy out, probably Staal due to the size of his contract. The team made a commitment to Trouba, they got their guy, and the rest is history. If the stars align perfectly, Shatty is traded at 50% retention, and then we have plenty of breathing room for the rest of the kids to be re-signed!!!!!!

    I just hate buy outs, dead cap space, but you do what you have to do. Please, I beg the Rangers, be very careful with the long term deals, with NMC’s, on marginal players. Shatty will be a case study on what never to be done again. I can’t wait to see the guy gone. Now James can chime in about how much I dislike the clown!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Still going on about me? Anyway I was actually going to agree with you on NMC’s. The only thing that makes me have less of an issue with Trouba’s is that he’s only 25 instead of late twenties, early thirties like usual.

  • On a side note, Panarian just spoke out harshly against Putin in an interview. I hope the heck he isn’t going to be knee capped by his home state police. I don’t know where he was when he gave the interview, but I’d lay low, and stay away from Russia if I were him!!!!!!!!!!

  • I am glad Trouba is signed and for a long time. He is only 25, so a long deal makes sense. Yeah, it is a lot of money and the Rangers are in cap hell, not even purgatory. Hey, but at least it ain’t Karlsson and $11 million per year! 🙂

    Gorton has a lot of work to do if they are going to keep Kreider and young guns like Buchnevich and DeAngelo. Hopefully he can keep the young core guys by shedding some of the older defenders and other players who don’t figure in their future.

  • They can keep Kreider and Buchnevich, cut some fat, and be under the cap. I know importance 3rd and 4th liners. We finally have chance for solid 1st and 2 nd lines, and power play, so let’s enjoy.

  • All NYR fans can do is hope. Hope that he does not have the success of Wade Redden or the other guy becomes a rehash of Gomez. Thats virtually 25% of cap. Last good trade was Zib and it was a steal. These 2 aren’t. Still can’t understand the 180 from where the team was going. But I’m just a fan not a hockey exec. LGR!

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