It appears restricted free agent Jacob Trouba is ready to call the Big Apple his new home.
The New York Rangers acquired the rights to the defenseman from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for blue-liner Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick at the 2019 NHL Draft. In need of a new deal, Trouba sounds happy with his new landing spot.
"Everything is definitely on the table. I can see myself being in New York for a long time," Trouba said, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen.
The 25-year-old cited New York as a preferred destination for family reasons, as his fiancee is preparing to become a doctor, according to the New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis.
Trouba also noted his "great relationship" with Rangers defenseman and longtime friend Brady Skjei as a plus in joining the club, according to USA Today's Vince Z. Mercogliano. The pair won a gold medal together with the U.S. at the World Under-18s in 2012.
The Rangers have a projected $19 million in cap space to work with this offseason and don't have any top players in need of a new deal outside of Trouba.
The 6-foot-3 rearguard is coming off a career season with the Jets, having recorded eight goals and 50 points in 82 games.
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