2022 New York Rangers Offseason Jacob Trouba Rangers New York Rangers Captain

What Jacob Trouba, Chris Drury and Gerard Gallant said on Tuesday

6:31 PM: Gerard Gallant spoke on MSG after the press conference and said:

  • Does his leadership style remind you of anyone, “That’s a tough one. He reminds me of an Adam Foote kind of guy, competitive guy, hard working guy, played hard every shift. That type of guy, I coached Adam a little bit in Columbus, those same type of qualities, as a defenseman also. Another guy is Luke Richardson, a captain of mine in Columbus also, character, leadership, plays the game hard every night and prepares himself to play every game.”
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Rangers name Jacob Trouba 28th Captain in Franchise History

The Rangers have officially announced Jacob Trouba as the 28th Captain in Franchise history.

In a statement, Chris Drury said  “Since he joined the Rangers, Jacob has consistently displayed all of the qualities we want in a leader on and off the ice. As we look to take the next step as an organization, he is a role model for all of our players to follow and the perfect choice to be our captain.”

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Jacob Trouba to reportedly be named next Captain of the Rangers

8:33 AM: Larry Brooks has confirmed that Trouba will be the next Captain.

Brooks writes that Trouba was looked at last year as the “de facto” Captain of the team and organized many of the team’s off-ice activities. (NY Post)

6:49 AM: Former Rangers goalie Kevin Weekes tweets that he is told that Jacob Trouba will be named the next Captain of the Rangers “within 24 hours.”

Trouba was reportedly “about” to be named Captain prior to last season before someone “above” Gerard Gallant, and possibly Chris Drury, decided to go with the six alternate Captains. 

The Rangers have been without a Captain since Ryan McDonagh was traded at the 2018 Trade Deadline to Tampa Bay.

Jimmy Vesey

Jimmy Vesey is reportedly returning to the Rangers

Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that Jimmy Vesey is reportedly going to return to the Rangers.

Vesey will likely sign a one-year deal, around $750,000) and compete for the spot in the bottom-six that Tyler Motte held at the end of last season. (NY Post)

The Rangers traded Vesey to Buffalo on July 1, 2019 for a 2021 third round pick. The cap space created by Vesey’s departure helped the Rangers open up more space to sign Artemi Panarin. The Rangers chose center Jayden Grubbe with that pick.

2022 New York Rangers Offseason Ryan Strome Ryan Strome Contract/Future

What Ryan Strome said about how it ended with the Rangers

Ryan Strome was recently on the Missin Curfew Podcast and spoke about his contract situation and how things ended with the Rangers.

Strome said “we were talking during the year a little bit and I wanted to stay, for sure, I think there was interest to stay, and we kind of just parked it to the end of the year, and at the end the year I just had the vibe we were going to go in different ways. To be honest with you, I’m totally cool with it. It is what it is, I get to live in Southern California and join an up and coming team.”

  • He added “My only regret is that I didn’t get to see the whole thing through. Like I mentioned, a few years ago the team wasn’t in that great of a spot and I think a couple of guys, and I was part of that group, we did everything we could to make it back to a recognizable team and when you put all of that work in on and off the ice you want to see it through, but I’m in a great spot and super excited to join a team that I think has a ton of potential and a place I never, ever imagined living and a lifestyle I can’t really think of now. This whole process has been crazy, I just wanted to feel wanted by a team my whole career. I think any hockey player wants to feel part of something and to get a five-year deal in Anaheim shows that they value what I can do and I’m super pumped and can’t wait to get down there in the sun and try to win some hockey games.”

Strome told The Athletic that he felt that it was “close enough at one point that it should have gotten done” and that he felt that when it “didn’t get done during the season it wasn’t going to get done at all.”

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Dylan Garand, Will Cuylle and Brennan Othmann to play for Canada at WJC

Dylan Garand, Will Cuylle and Brennan Othmann will play for Canada at the upcoming World Juniors that was rescheduled for August after Covid canceled the tournament this past December/January.

Garand and Cuylle were members of the December team.