After the Jets bungled the process a bit, the Rangers swooped in and traded for star defenseman Jacob Trouba on Monday night -- and got him for a price that most saw as very low.
That price was Neal Pionk and the No. 20 pick in the upcoming NHL draft.
On a conference call Tuesday morning, Trouba talked about the "shock" of getting traded, said he "couldn't be more excited" to be on the Rangers, and talked about his future.
"I know what I can bring to the table. I hope to have the opportunity to do that there and do it for a long time," Trouba said.
Asked a follow-up question after his "long time" comment, Trouba elaborated.
"I'm sure we'll deal with that in the coming days or around the Draft," he said. "Everything is definitely on the table. I can see myself being in New York for a long time."
The 25-year-old Trouba, who is a restricted free agent, said that he has talked with friends about living in New York and confirmed that there were reasons aside from hockey that contributed to him wanting out of Winnipeg.
One of those reasons is that Trouba's fiance wants to become a doctor.
"Her career is just as important as my career, so this is a pretty good situation for both of us," Trouba said about being in New York.
If the Rangers are able to lock Trouba up long-term, it could cost roughly $7.5 million per year, according to the New York Post's Larry Brooks.
"He's in the prime of his career ... we jumped on it," Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said after acquiring Trouba. "He's going to come here and he's going to play big minutes," Gorton said. "He's very versatile. We can envision him playing in all scenarios and being a big part of it."
In six seasons at the NHL level, Trouba has totaled 42 goals, 137 assists and 179 points.