Late Monday afternoon the Winnipeg Jets traded Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft – a pick that originally belonged to the Jets but was sent to New York in the Kevin Hayes deal.
As always with Hockey Twitter, reactions were fast and furious and most of them to say the very least were highly critical of the somewhat underwhelming return for Trouba – a return that was hyped up over the last few days when we had heard reports of multiple NHL clubs in the bidding for the 26 year old RFA defenseman.
As you might expect – and for good reason – Jets fans were less than thrilled with the deal.
— Justin – #NoJetsNo (@Justin_L_99) June 18, 2019
It took 2 minutes to stop swearing when I heard.
— joel (@bisonbutt) June 18, 2019
I’ve been backing #NHLJets Chevy on almost all moves for awhile now, even the ones that didn’t work out, but I’m not enthused about the Trouba deal.
Watched Pionk a dozen times last year and liked his play with the puck but got caved in DZ. Small sample but eyes and numbers…
— Scott Campbell (@NHL_Campbell) June 18, 2019
With that Trouba return I honestly won’t be surprised if someone else big gets traded now. They just blew their window to contend by giving away a top pairing defenseman for literally a bag of pucks. #NHLJets
— Hangar Hockey (@hangarhockey) June 18, 2019
I'm trying to avoid knee-jerk reactions, but I thought the return would be quite a bit better. I was envisioning Skjei or Ghostbear in my head, not a guy that sounds like you're hitting yourself over the head with a plastic bowling pin.
— Eugene Melnyk Burner Account (@GooseTheGander) June 17, 2019
Taken from the replies to the trade announcement “So Trouba, Lemieux, and a 4th round pick for a few months of Hayes and Neil Pionk”
10/10 on the disappointometer pic.twitter.com/tBeYby2wWl
— Sorry we’re closed (@NHLJets2point0) June 18, 2019
Other members of the hockey media both local and national weighed in.
In the end, the #NHLJets lose this trade in a bad way. And that was always going to be the case.
— Scott Billeck (@ScottBilleck) June 18, 2019
This is probably as good a deal as the #NHLJets could have made for Trouba- at least under the circumstances. I don’t think it’s realistic that “perceived” market value could have ever been achieved https://t.co/ONoLzcUozr
— Kelly Moore (@KMooreCJOB) June 18, 2019
Now let's see what this means for pending UFA Tyler Myers and the Jets. Both sides have kept the door open but obviously a Trouba trade had to happen first.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 17, 2019
I feel bad for Neal Pionk, who is 23, who is not Jacob Trouba, and who has the kind of last name that becomes an unfortunate verb when trades don't work out.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 17, 2019
Winnipeg trades Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 draft — Winnipeg's own pick from the Kevin Hayes trade.
To me, this is a decidedly underwhelming return for Winnipeg. (1/x)
— Murat Ates (@WPGMurat) June 17, 2019
At the very least, NY Ranger fans were more than thrilled with the deal and start a week where they are about to land a number two pick with a top pairing defenseman…
— Josh Kestenbaum (@K_baum30) June 18, 2019
So basically the Rangers traded Hayes and Pionk for Trouba and Lemieux. Wow. Incredible job by Gorton and JD. #NYR
— The Garden Faithful (@GardenFaithful) June 17, 2019
As a #NYR fan I'm thrilled, but I honestly think the return for Trouba was underwhelming from a Jets perspective.
— Connor Criscuola (@connorjcris) June 18, 2019
As a Rangers fan, I thought a trade for Pionk would include something like a bag of hockey pucks, not a main part of a Jacob Trouba deal. Thanks for your generosity
— Mike1472 (@MrMike1994) June 18, 2019
Some Jets fans while not thrilled with the deal continue to keep the faith and hope for the best. Other Jets fans were all too happy to see the departure of a player who never seemed fully committed to the team.
People are so damned emotional about it. I'm not crazy about the deal on the face of it but I trust Cheveldayoff and the #NHLJets scouting staff.
— 🌴🌴Chris Fantini🌴🌴 (@Fantiniastic) June 18, 2019
How is Pionk not trending? 40 points in 101 career games and a -16 on a fading NYR team. And we get some skin back in the draft game. I wont' lose sleep over it. #NHLJets
— Jim C (@jchliboyko) June 18, 2019
Yep… Trouba was a problem for the jets in more ways than one. It's really too bad that a player of his caliber is going to be remembered as a guy that held the Jets for ransom multiple times.
— Greg Stuart (@Franchise_09) June 18, 2019
I don’t want to play devils advocate because none of y’all want to hear it, but the #NHLJets saw a lot of Neal Pionk when tracking Dylan Samberg’s D+1 at UMD. So maybe they’re pushing all-in on their scouting and personnel staffs reports on him.
— TJ Maughan (@tj_maughan) June 18, 2019
— Tarynn Andrews (@TarynnAnd11) June 18, 2019
We're in range to grab someone like Tomasino, Suzuki, Soderstrom, Lavoie.. I'm super excited about that!
— Oh it's Zee (@zeedlle) June 17, 2019
If Alan’s jersey collection is any indication, he may be a harbinger of worse things to come…
— Alan (@sliiiiip) June 18, 2019
Strap in everyone, the Jets summer of apparent discontent is just beginning!