Pionk was qualified by Winnipeg on Tuesday. Pionk was brought in by the Jets in exchange for Jacob Trouba and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft (Ville Heinola), which means he was always on the club's list for receiving a qualifying offer. The blueliner won't cost the team as much as Trouba would have, but he still will put a dent in its approximately $23.8 million cap space.
Pionk was traded to the Jets along with the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft in exchange for Jacob Trouba. Like Trouba, Pionk is also a restricted free agent so Winnipeg is only acquiring his rights. However, he will be much more affordable to extend. The 23-year-old has shown promise though, notching six goals and 26 points while racking up 138 hits during the 2018-19 campaign. Pionk should be a decent bottom-four defenseman for the Jets next season.
Pionk scored his sixth goal of the season in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Flames. Pionk had been held out of the goal column since Dec. 22 -- a span of 29 games during which he collected only two helpers. The undrafted 23-year-old started the season well, but he has seen his production dry up since the calendar flipped to 2019. Pionk has five goals and 17 helpers in 62 appearances this season, and he also carries a minus-11 rating.
Pionk (eye) is fit to play in Thursday's game against the Wild, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. Rangers coach David Quinn said Pionk will play in the upcoming contest, but it's not clear at this point whom he'll bump out of the lineup. Based on our own projections, leading candidates to make room for Pionk include Brendan Smith and Adam McQuaid, but the line rushes in pregame warmups will prove the ultimate hint of where the defenseman will be slotted in.
Pionk did not suffer any damage to his vision after getting hit in the right eye with Sidney Crosby's high stick in Sunday's game against the Penguins, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. It remains to be seen if Pionk will be able to play against the Wild on Thursday, but obviously, it's encouraging news that the defenseman has dodged a serious eye injury. Cyrgalis added Wednesday that Pionk's eye remains "significantly bruised and swollen," though he is showing improvement each day.
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