Jacob Trouba’s Attempted Elbow Proves That the NHL Can’t Have Its Cake and Eat It Too

Jacob Trouba throws a hit during the 2022 Eastern Conference Finals. | Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

While Igor Shesterkin may have been the New York Rangers’ key man this season, there were plenty of players who helped the hockey club surge into the postseason. One of those was defenseman Jacob Trouba. While Michigan native did pot 39 points, he also added a physical edge to the back end of a young team.

According to traditional hockey wisdom, that’s a good thing. No squad, especially one stocked with skilled players, can afford to be “soft.” Having someone capable of lying the lumber, whether it’s Trouba or Ryan Reaves, keeps the opposition honest.

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