His name is Neal — not Neil. And his last name is spelled P-I-O-N-K.
Hold on, let me check that... yep.
He was acquired from the New York Rangers in the trade that sent Jacob Trouba to the Big Apple and early reviews on the deal seen to suggest the Jets got royally fleeced.
Hold on a second, says Mike McIntyre. Here's Mike's email to me Tuesday night...
"Think I’m gonna do something on the guy everybody seems to have an opinion on but nobody has really seen play yet, certainly not here in Winnipeg — Neal Pionk. Hopefully he doesn’t have social media to see how universally panned the trade is. But I’ll ask whether people might view it in a different light once he plays, once they see how the acquired pick (Ville Heinola) turns out and once they see what happens with Trouba in New York (oh look, he’s going to arbitration again this summer. Who’s to say he isn’t just one and some in the Big Apple? Which would surely make his trade and the return look different). I’ll make the case that Pionk might end up giving Jets what they need, cap relief and all, and take a look at what we know about the player from last season.."
See the link below, folks...
— Sports editor Steve Lyons
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