Winnipeg Jets Signal Neal Pionk to 2-12 months Contract

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WINNIPEG — Defenceman Neal Pionk has signed a two-year, US$6-million contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

The Jets introduced the signing of the restricted free agent on Sunday. The deal carries a mean annual worth of $three million.

Winnipeg acquired Pionk and the 20th total choose within the 2019 draft for defenceman Jacob Trouba on June 17.

Former Ranger Neal Pionk (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

He might be counted on to fill a void for the Jets after buying and selling Trouba and dropping defenceman Tyler Myers in free company.

Pionk, six-foot-190 kilos, went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by the Rangers in Might 2017 after two seasons on the College of Minnesota-Duluth.

The 23-year-old from Omaha, Neb., cut up the 2017-18 season between the Rangers and the American Hockey League earlier than becoming a member of New York full time final season.

He produced six targets and 26 factors in 73 video games in 2018-19.

Winnipeg used the 20th choose from the commerce to pick out Finnish blue-liner Ville Heinola.

The Jets nonetheless must get new contracts finished for star wingers Patrik Laine and Kyle Connor.

The Rangers signed Trouba for seven years and $56 million, with an $eight million wage cap hit for the upcoming season.

The Canadian Press

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