Jacob Trouba and Bowen Byram Sign Contracts
Two defensemen have signed contracts today. Jacob Trouba of the New York Rangers was signed to a seven-year, $56 million contract that will see him earn an AAV of eight million dollars. Bowen Byram signed his entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Here is a break down of each signing.
Trouba was acquired by the New York Rangers from the Winnipeg Jets due to cap constraints. He was originally going to go through arbitration for the third straight year before the Rangers were able to secure him for eight years. Trouba had a career year, scoring eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points in 82 games, doubling his stats from the year prior. In his career, the defenseman has scored 42 goals and 137 assists for 179 points in 408 games. This signing can be seen as controversial. Trouba could regress, he could never put up similar point totals ever again. I would have signed him to a bridge contract for a year or two, so he could prove himself. This signing could prove to be a terrible one for the Rangers in a very important offseason.
The 4th overall selection in the most recent draft has signed his entry level contract. The contract will last three seasons. Byram was drafted with the draft pick that the Avalanche gained from the Ottawa Senators in the Matt Duchene trade. I will not predict his stats for next year, I will leave that for another article, although it is believed that Byram will jump in the NHL right away and highly impact the Colorado Avalanche.
The Rangers have made a questionable signing as the Avalanche made a key signing for the rebuilding franchise. Let’s see how both signings affect each team in the long run…
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