New York Rangers name Jacob Trouba the 28th Captain in Franchise History
By Jordan Laroche
It has been a long four seasons since the New York Rangers have had a captain, and rumors have been circling who it could be since last offseason. Adam Fox and Chris Kreider’s names were thrown around as potential suitors, and some fans wanted to see Mika Zibanejad wear the “C”. But the team announced on Monday night that Jacob Trouba would be the 28th captain in franchise history.
The Rangers acquired Trouba in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets in the 2019 offseason, sending Neal Pionk and the Jets’ first round pick that the Rangers acquired in a trade during the season. While Trouba has yet to find his offense since moving to New York, but he has become one of the most feared defensemen in the league finishing 27th in the NHL in hits this season. However, his leadership traits are what led Chris Drury to naming him captain “Since he joined the Rangers, Jacob has consistently displayed all the qualities we want in a leader on and off the ice.”
Trouba still has four years left with an $8,000,000 cap hit, while some may argue that he is overpaid, they can’t deny that his impact on the second pairing ripples throughout the team. Skating with 22 year old K’Andre Miller the pair has been matched against some of the top lines in the NHL while logging over 20 minutes a night each.
The Rangers have not had a captain since the team traded Ryan Mcdonagh to the Tampa Bay Lighting in 2018. They also traded former captain Ryan Callahan to the Lightning in 2014.