The Jets have acquired Neal Pionk and the No.20 overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft from the Rangers for Jacob Trouba.
Pionk had six goals and 20 assists (26 points) in 73 games with the Rangers in his first full NHL season in 2018-19. Like Trouba, Pionk is also a restricted free agent on July 1st, but will command a lot less money and will allow the Jets to get Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor this offseason. Winnipeg loses a top-pairing defenseman and get a player who looks like nothing more than a third-pairing player with modest offensive-upside.
Pionk is expected to be back in the Rangers lineup on Thursday.
Pionk (undisclosed) will be held out of Tuesday's lineup for precautionary reasons.
Source: @NYRangers 02/19/19, 6:13 pm EST
Pionk will be back in the Rangers lineup on Sunday.
Pionk will be out until after the All-Star break with a lower-body injury.
Pionk suffered a lower-body injury in Columbus on Sunday and will be out until after the NHL All-Star break. The Rangers will be without both Pionk and Frederik Claesson for at least a few weeks, so look for Tony DeAngelo and Brendan Smith to remain in the lineup.
Pionk (lower-body) will be a game-time decision on Sunday.
Pionk was scratched for Saturday’s game against the Islanders and is listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s game in Columbus.
Pionk will be a healthy scratch on Thursday.
Pionk is a minus-3 while averaging 19:15 TOI/GM in his first three games of the season. Fredrik Claesson will draw in and replace Pionk vs. the Sharks.
Pionk will make his NHL debut on Friday.
Source: Steve Zipay 02/9/18, 5:36 pm EST
The Rangers have recalled Neal Pionk from Hartford (AHL).
Pionk, 22, was an undrafted free agent out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, who has collected 17 points (1G / 16A) in 48 games in his first season with Hartford (AHL). Pionk could make his NHL debut this weekend after Brendan Smith was placed on waivers this afternoon.