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What Jacob Trouba said about his hits, leadership, feeling comfortable and more

Jacob Trouba was on the In The Crease podcast and said (ESPN):

  •  On the schedule and what the league is going through, “everyone is kind of in the same boat, it’s very fluid, I guess. You are kind of finding stuff out every day, every couple of hours, waiting for a phone call. Everybody is going through it, a challenging time not just for hockey, but the world right now. We’ll get through it and roll with the punches is our attitude.”

  • On all the attention of his hits recently, “It’s bee a little different. I don’t think that part of my game has ever been criticized in that, I don’t think dirty player was out there, but that they were dirty hits. That is something I don’t think I’ve really dealt with, I guess, in the past. I’ve never really had that rep where people question me in that way. That part was a little different, but it just kind of happened to be consecutive games that it happened. It’s not something that I really go out looking for or chasing around when it presents itself. I play the game physically.”
  • What goes through your mind when you see the player slow getting up, “Obviously no one wants to see that, especially Jujhar in Chicago, I talked to him after the game, we have the same agency so I reached out to my agent a couple of times to check and see how he’s doing. No one wants to see anybody get hurt and no one plays the game to get hurt or hurt people, it’s not what we are doing. It’s definitely not good to see, you don’t want to see it, but at the same time, it’s a risk that everybody takes playing the game. It’s a fast, physical, hard game and those things happen.”
  • Has that changed how you play at all, “I don’t think so. That has always been a part of my game, obviously not the focal point, but that opportunity presents itself and the guy has the puck and you can make a clean, physical play, that is something that I’ve always done, not just in my NHL career, but growing up I was always a physical player and it’s a big part of my game.”
  • What has changed for you this season with the coaching change or something else, “I think a little bit of both. Turk has been a great addition for our team, it kind of opens guys up to be a little more comfortable and not more risky, but if you make a mistake, it’s going to be okay. He wants you to work hard, expects you to work hard and show up every day and if you are working hard he has a lot of time for you. He knows guys are going to make mistakes. The bigger part, I’d say, is just getting comfortable in NY. Coming here my first year I was pretty overwhelmed with the change in lifestyle, not just at the rink, but away from the rink and then the whole Pandemic hit and things kind of got…I was just very uncomfortable and it took some time to adjust. I just feel more comfortable this year, more comfortable with staff at the rink, with teammates, with what to expect, what is expected out of me. I think it’s just the comfort level, I feel like I’m myself again, not that I never was, but I feel very comfortable coming to the rink and that is a big piece of it, just comfort.”
  • What are the big differences in playing in Canada vs US, “For me, it’s kind of apples to oranges with a small Canadian city to NY. There is not a lot of distractions in Winnipeg, it was always hockey and that is pretty much it. If the Bombers are doing well sometimes there is some Bombers coverage, but you can kind of fly under the radar a little bit more here. If you have a bad week there is another sports team or other things going on that get some attention. In Winnipeg, it was Jets all the time is what it seemed.”
  • Are there things in NY you are taking advantage of, “It’s been great. We were actually here this past summer, we stayed here and not a lot of people were going out to eat, so we kind of went out and did the outdoor dining scene and got to go to a lot of restaurants we were trying to go to. Been to some shows, went to the Cirque show a couple of nights ago, to the Temptations on Broadway, trying to do a lot of NY stuff. The food is probably the biggest thing, always trying to find new restaurants to go out to eat and there is always something to do. We don’t sit at home very often.”
  • How do you react after a good game or one you aren’t so happy with, “not much, either way. Immediately after you think about it, but by the time I shower and get dressed I try not to bring hockey home, in a sense. I get in the car and whether it’s a bad game, I have a pretty good life to get in this car and drive home and if it’s a good game, I don’t really get too high off a game, or two games or three games. I just kind of go home and be myself and roll with the punches and be grateful for what I got, I guess.”
  • On the Rangers not having a captain, “We have a group of leaders, whether you have a captain or not, you are going to depend on a group of leaders anyway. That is the choice the organization made and once that choice was made, I don’t think anybody has really dwelled on it. We are happy, we have six guys with “A’s,” but I’d say that there is a bigger group, I think Reavo is a big part of it. We have a group of leaders, we meet, we talk, we don’t like things we discuss on how to fix things and I think it’s been working for us. There doesn’t have to be one guy, there can be, we have a lot of voices and I think guys lead in different ways and it’s nice to incorporate it into the group we have.”
  • On Igor Shesterkin off the ice, “he’s a pretty funny guy, he has some witty one-liners. He might kill me for saying this, but the next time you interview him, ask him to do the Dancin Larry dance.”
  • On Shesterkin’s jokes with Panarin, “we don’t get to understand those jokes, those jokes are usually in Russian. I just fake laugh and pretend it’s funny.”
  • Where could the team improve, “I would say consistency would be our big thing. Game to game and even within a game we show spurts of how we can play and want to play and it’s having the mental toughness and ability to know that if we play that game every we will have a better chance to win than if we kind of get away from it and go more east/west and not wanting to get to the net and play the hard game, that is kind of the trap that we fall into sometimes. Finding that line of always bringing a consistent game will help us and we are getting better at and it’s something we will keep working on.”