The New York Rangers can have a captain subsequent season for the primary time since Ryan McDonagh was traded in 2018. Jacob Trouba was named the twenty eighth captain in Rangers historical past, and can put on the “C” subsequent season. General supervisor Chris Drury explained why he made this selection:
We all assume Jacob is the right selection for captain for a lot of causes. Certainly because the second he acquired right here, he has continued to develop as a frontrunner inside the group. Things he does on the ice, off the ice, behind the scenes, you identify it. He’s the right function mannequin for our younger guys, for our older guys, for our veterans. He simply chooses to do every thing proper day in and day trip. We’re thrilled he’s going to be our captain.
Trouba, 28, is coming into his fourth season with the Rangers, after touchdown in New York through commerce in the summertime of 2019. He had made it clear to the Winnipeg Jets that he was unlikely to re-sign with them long-term, so after six seasons with the Canadian membership, he was despatched to the Rangers in trade for Neal Pionk and a first-round decide (which ended up being Ville Heinola).
While some might argue that the seven-year, $56M contract that he shortly signed pays him a bit greater than his on-ice play warrants, there’s a motive why the Rangers have made him captain at present. The large, bodily defenseman has been a horse for the membership averaging greater than 22 minutes an evening since arriving, and taking over among the tough defensive matchups with a purpose to liberate extra offensive gamers like Adam Fox.
Remember that shift to accountable, bodily play was not all the time Trouba’s calling card. He was a puck-mover for the Jets and even reached 50 factors in 2018-19 on the again of high powerplay manufacturing. While he does get a little bit of time with the person benefit in New York, it’s his even-strength contributions which are some essential, the place he averages extra time than some other Rangers participant. He has additionally produced elite penalty-killing outcomes, and developed into one of the feared open-ice hitters within the league.
With simply 4 years left on his deal and this season to be performed largely on the age of 28, it’s unlikely that the Rangers should pay for a lot of a decline, a minimum of on this contract. His captaincy primarily ends any lingering commerce hypothesis, although even that was all the time a bit far-fetched, given his no-movement clause and acknowledged want to remain.
Today, he joins an unique group, that features Drury himself, who served as Rangers captain between 2008-2011. There aren’t many individuals higher suited to grasp the function and make a choice.