WINNIPEG, Manitoba – It was exactly what Jacob Trouba had expected for a reception. And he was happy that he had won.
The Rangers defender returned to the city where he had been at home for six years and was often booed during his new team's 4-1 victory over the Jets on Tuesday evening.
"I was looking forward to it," said Trouba after playing a 22:24 team high and scoring four shots on goal. "It is definitely fun. We wanted to win the game and it was nice to have won the game. But I would remember it anyway."
Trouba was a restricted free agent that summer and had made it clear that he didn't want to sign again in Winnipeg. The Rangers traded a first round – one they received from the Jets in the Kevin Hayes deal – with defender Neal Pionk for the right to sign Trouba for a $ 56 million seven-year deal.
Late in the first period there was a short video homage to Trouba, which was soon followed by songs from "Pionk is Better!" Was followed. It didn't seem like Trouba had noticed when he was playing one of his most confident games of the season.
"I thought Trouba had a great night," said coach David Quinn. "I'm very happy for him. I'm proud of the way he played tonight. It's not an easy situation and he played a really good game."
Also back to Winnipeg was winger Brendan Lemieux, who played five seasons in the organization before joining the Rangers exactly one year ago as part of the Hayes deal. He got a bigger chance in New York and signed a $ 925,000 one-year deal this summer. After this season, he is again a restricted free agent.
"I was overjoyed when I was traded and I am happy to be [with the Rangers]"Said Lemieux, who had 9:18 hours of ice cream with Greg McKegg and Brett Howden.
Phillip Di Giuseppe, who recently came on for the fifth game in a row, played 10:39 with Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko in third wing. Brendan Smith was a good scratch for the fourth game in a row.
"I know [Smith] didn't play much, "said Quinn," and that's probably more because we like what the other guys are doing. "