Rangers Acquire Defenseman Jacob Trouba From Winnipeg

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02: Jacob Trouba #8 of the Winnipeg Jets skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on December 2, 2013 in New York City. The Jets defeated the Rangers 5-2.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Winnipeg Jets v New York Rangers | Bruce Bennett

The NHL offseason is officially upon us, and has already brought along some big storylines with the San Jose Sharks re-signing star defenseman Erik Karlsson.

Monday's flurry of movement didn't stop there, with another big-name defenseman getting dealt as part of a trade ahead of NHL Free Agency.

The Winnipeg Jets agreed to a trade that will send Jacob Trouba to the New York Rangers.

The Jets traded Trouba to the Big Apple in return for their own first round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft, along with young defenseman Neal Pionk from the Rangers.

New York originally acquired the Jets' first round pick at the trade deadline, when they swapped Kevin Hayes for the pick, a fourth round selection, and Brendan Lemieux.

Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton has been an absolute genius when dealing with the Jets so far this season. In both trades combined, he sent a pending free agent in Hayes, whose rights were traded to the Flyers for a fourth round pick, Pionk, who is a top six defenseman at best right now, and the Jets' own first round pick back to them, for a quality player in Lemieux and a top tier defenseman in Trouba.

The Rangers should be ecstatic about the swap, as they beefed up their defensive unit and can further upgrade the roster with the No. 2 pick in the upcoming draft.