Winnipeg Jets trade Andrew Copp to New York Rangers
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By Zach Laing11 months ago
One of the biggest shoes in Winnipeg has fallen.
The Winnipeg Jets have traded forward @Andrew Copp to the New York Rangers, as first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Monday. The deal was confirmed by Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli.
In total, the Jets are sending Copp and a 2023 sixth-round pick to the Rangers in return for two conditional second-round picks, a ’23 fifth-rounder and prospect Mogan Barron.
One of those second-rounders can improve to a 2022 first-round pick if New York advances to the Eastern Conference Finals and Copp plays 50 per-cent of those first two rounds. Winnipeg can decide to receive its other second-round selection in either ’22 or ’23.
Copp was ranked second on Seravalli’s top 50 trade targets list.
Heading into Monday, sources indicated the Jets had two second-round picks on the table to move Copp, but GM Kevin Cheveldayoff was hoping to hold out for a first. Copp is a strong fit with a number of teams, but he’d be an excellent add for the Avalanche or Rangers. Either way, Copp is expected to move. He will not be re-signing in Winnipeg, having turned down a five-year, $20 million offer at the beginning of the season. His next AAV will start with a $5. The Jets have scrapped down the stretch to remain in the playoff chase, but they’re on pace for just 89 points and the math is daunting. The Jets have given Cheveldayoff and their fanbase little reason to believe it’s not in the franchise’s best interest to sell off pieces like Copp, a conscientious player who was off to by far the best start of his career with 20 points in his first 24 games.
Copp, 27, was taken by the Jets in the 4th round of the 2013 draft and has played his full eight-year career in Winnipeg. Over his career, he’s appeared in 467 games scoring 47 goals and 184 points.
This year has been one of Copp’s most productive seasons in the NHL. His .63 points per game ranks only second to his .71 points per game pace from the 2020-21 campaign.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at email@example.com.
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