NHL Insider Claims Rangers Could Waive Captain Jacob Trouba

Joshua Deeds
July 6, 2024  (9:46 PM)

Jacob Trouba
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The future of New York Rangers Captain Jacob Trouba hangs in the balance, as he recently nixed a trade to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Captain was asked for his 15-team, no-trade list before July 1st and deliver shortly before the deadline. As the defenseman has two years left on his $56 Million contract, GM Chris Drury is anxious to get it off the Rangers books.

However, according to NHL Insider Frank Seravalli, the Rangers could treat Trouba like Barclay Goodrow, in a show of authority and waive the defenseman.
«I'm real curious about Trouba. Today, right about now is waiver time. So, there was lots of speculation that Trouba might be a guy that ends up on waivers if they couldn't get the no-trade list to cooperate. They did that with Barclay Goodrow. So much happening,» Seravalli said on Daily Faceoff's Live Free Agency Special on July 1.

The Rangers gained bad PR when they waived Barclay Goodrow to be claimed by the San Jose Sharks. As someone who is a leader in the locker room and a captain, how would this look if Chris Drury again made a move outside of contractual obligations?
According to reports, Trouba was upset by trade rumors, as he had to submit a 15-team list.
«Monday is the day that Jacob Trouba's no-move clause transforms to a 15-team no-trade list,» The New York Post's Larry Brooks wrote. «There are apparently hurt feelings on the part of the captain, maybe even deservedly so over the way the club's intentions were splashed all over the papers and the internet last week.»

According to the NY Post's Larry Brooks, however, the relationship with the Captain has run its course and are ready to cut ties:
«Now the Rangers have leverage via the limited no-trade clause and have decided they can't afford an $8M cap hit for a defenseman who is projected to be on the third pair. It doesn't matter whether he was Captain Courageous playing on a broken ankle in the playoffs or not. If Trouba does not approve a trade to Detroit that is believed in place, he will ultimately be sent somewhere else, perhaps by waivers. The decision has been made,» Brooks added.

Trouba was acquired from the Winnipeg Jets on June 17th, 2019, and would be named Rangers Captain on August 9th, 2022.
This would be the end of an era in New York and put Trouba in a sympathetic light for many in the NHL, including Rangers fans.
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Insider Claims Rangers Could Waive $56 Million Defensemen
NHL Insider Claims Rangers Could Waive Captain Jacob Trouba

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