It's hard to look at the arrival of Winnipeg Jets for Jacob Trouba, not to think, "Man, it's terrifying." This is, of course, because the return was just that. And if General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff fails to get the impossible, he will never replace Jacob Trouba with Jacob Trouba.
[Related: Rangers land Trouba, Jets get Pionk and first-rounder]
It was Mission: Impossible, and Cheveldayoff was not Tom Cruise. Jets would always lose that deal. You can rarely replace a defender that has been created and developed from within and helped build a thriving partnership with Josh Morrisy in one of the best closed tandems in NHL
Half of them are missing at Winnipeg now and Neal Pionk does not fill this gap. This is the version of CliffsNotes
The loss of the Trouba – the worst secret of Winnipeg – is a huge blow to the jets . They lose a defender of 50 points and the ability to play in all phases of the game, while every night they play with great minutes.
"We are certainly getting a really good player," said Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton.
These were not the words Cheveldayoff pronounced during her conference call with the media on Monday night.
"We are really excited to get Neil in the acquisition," Cheveldayoff said after talking about returning to the first round of it. The annual project is through trading with the 20th overall choice. "He is a young player we believe will continue to grow."
Pionk can really grow up and Jets can really like Pionk over anything else they've been offered. But there is no doubt that this is a step back to Winnipeg in terms of talent.
Rangers got a piece that would immediately make his team better (assuming they signed up for a long time). Winnipeg does not.
The strings do not need a defender who can play well in the power game. They have it in Dustin Byfuglien. Morrisy can do that too. And Sammy Nicu showed good signs in limited capabilities with the advantage of man.
No, what Jets needs is a good defender from 5 to 5 and they do not get that in Pionk.
And it's not just my words that suggest that …
But all this is really controversial. a borrowed time since his agent demanded that his trader be traded on a hot July night in Winnipeg in 2016.
His redember agent posted on Twitter this night said that Trouba wants to realize its potential as a top- pair, on the right side of the defender. Jets did just that, but everything looked like a smoke curtain for the desired end result.
The oven wanted to come out.
Cheveldayoff stood on the ground for three years while the clock leaked, which could be expected of both agents and a player. He was not pushed by Troubas until the tables turned and he had the choice to take something for him or not to get anything.
He had to get something for him. No GM wants to end John Tavares.
And maybe Trouba just wanted the best for him. At a time when players are increasingly viewed as goods and not as people, Trouba gives Jets what he owes them for his 2012 design and then conquers his own future. "My fiancée," Trouba said, talking to Winnipeg Ken Wiebe. "Her career is as important as my career. We are both passionate about different things, and our goal a few years ago was to do this work. And we decided we wanted to do that. It's part of it to be realistic with you.
"From a life point of view, I finally decided this. I will marry the girl and want her to be happy and to fulfill her dreams. She has worked extremely hard to get to where she is, with the training and the time she's put in. I want her to see her as successful as I want to be successful. "
If you are looking positive here, the situation is finally over. Both sides can finally move on.
Another is that Trouba's exit means more room for shuffling when it comes to the wage cap, and they found their way to the first round this year. The Jets have done well to find quality players in the first round of the past. Perhaps they have a Mark Scheffle-esque man (only one defender on this path) they have a good intelligent.
"This is a really interesting project after we pass the ones everyone talks about at the top, I think it's really spread," said Cheveldeoff. "I think there are players we will see on the 20th, we will have more "
Even then, this player is a few years away from the significant impact, and last year Jets were legitimate rivals on Stanley's Cup after a solid demonstration by a team that danced with young talents and the right combination of contracts.
Some believed that this year, the wizards are the broadest to make this match, but they are fighting down and rebounded in six games in the first round of Stanley Cup's current champions. "Looking back, it would be better to trade with Trouba before but a year ago it would have been foolish to trade with Trouba without an advantage from the back corner
And now reality is coming. "
Cheveldayoff said so much in a conference call on" the world of the hardtop "and the little GMs this summer . Patrick Lynne and Kyle Connor have to sign, and these two, depending on how the deals are being concluded, can manage over $ 15 million if they both signed long-term. Fat cutting can also continue. Decisions must be made on the marketing of Mathieu Perro and the purchase of Dmitry Kulikov in order to find more relief.
And then they have to get better if they get Tyler Myers back. And Ben Chiarot. And Brandon Tanev.
And then decisions about what pieces of the farm system of the team down the corridor with Manitoba Mush of the American Hockey League will make the jump to the bigger dressing room on the show.
ahead of us is a challenging summer, "Cheveldayoff said. "We still have many moving parts or balls in the air, so to speak."
So more changes are likely to come and the team will appear next season very differently from the year
And considering how last season is over, maybe it is anyway necessary stirring in the dressing room. Scott Beeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk of NBC Sports .
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