Jacob Trouba's days with the New York Rangers could be numbered

Julien Trekker
June 17, 2024  (10:51)

New York Rangers captain Jacob Trouba in a press conference.
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The days of captain Jacob Trouba with the New York Rangers could be numbered, according to The Athletic.

48 hours after the Stanley Cup will be awarded to either the Edmonton Oilers or the Florida Panthers, the buyout window is set to open. Teams will be able to get rid of contracts that hurt the team.
A few players could see their contracts being bought out, including Jacob Trouba.
Trouba didn't just struggle in the playoffs; he was a liability. Despite his great leadership and physical aptitudes, he hurts the Rangers more than he helps them when he's on the ice.
It seems a long shot that the Rangers' management will make that move, but let's explore the scenario nonetheless.
An argument could be made by the Rangers that if they want to make a longer playoff run next season, they could very well do it without Trouba.
That's what Thomas Drance and Harman Dayal discussed in a paper for The Athletic.
They also talked about how the Rangers' Stanley Cup window is slowly closing, that the ideal scenario would be to trade him, and explained the financial repercussions that buying out Trouba's contract would have on the Rangers' salary cap:
"Normally, a team might take the patient approach and give a respected leader and longtime core player like Trouba another shot to bounce back. But with Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, and Vincent Trocheck all on the wrong side of 30, there's extra urgency for the Rangers to win a Cup before their window closes. New York can't afford to waste any chances.

Finding a trade partner for Trouba would be the ideal scenario, even if it requires retaining a bit of salary. That might be complicated, though, because he has a full no-movement clause that transitions into a 15-team no-trade list as of July 1.

If a trade isn't possible, could the Rangers consider a buyout? It's clearly a long shot, but the math is palatable. Buying Trouba out would create $4 million of cap relief for each of the next two seasons at the expense of a $2 million dead cap charge for 2026-27 and 2027-28."
Do you think the days of captain Jacob Trouba with the New York Rangers are numbered?