On Monday, the Winnipeg Jets sent defenseman Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers in the first big trade of the NHL Off-Season.
Trouba has reportedly wanted out of Winnipeg for an extended period of time, but the reasoning was never quite clear.
Following the trade, that reason was revealed, and it had nothing to do with hockey at all, but supporting his fiancé's career and making their relationship work.
These are the types of things you just love to see out of an athlete, making your career decisions to be closer to the ones you love. Every relationship takes two, and Trouba acknowledges as much when asked why the Rangers are a good fit.
He wanted to play in the United States because of his fiancé, Kelly Tyson's, quest to becoming a doctor after many years of schooling and time invested.
Trouba joins a franchise that is in the midst of accelerating their rebuild and already have a stacked defensive prospect pool. The Rangers will also be getting one of either Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko on Friday in the 2019 NHL Draft and are rumored to continue making trades and sign free agents this summer.
With the amount of talent that the Rangers have accumulated leading up to next season, Madison Square Garden could be hosting a playoff game much earlier than anyone expected. And no, we aren't talking about the Knicks.