Rangers captain Jacob Trouba is no stranger to controversy.
One of the game’s hardest hitters, Trouba’s never seen an open-ice hit he didn’t want to deliver. Those hits sometimes border on headhunting, and can often blur the line between clean and dirty. Trouba’s resume includes knocking both Sidney Crosby and Timo Meier out of playoff games with hits, with Trouba’s hit on Crosby coming back in 2022 and Meier’s coming last spring. He’s even put players on stretchers with his hits.
And there are players who have made it known that they’re not a fan of Trouba’s tactics, with some thinking that he’s hitting with malicious intent and with little regard for their safety.
But to this point, Trouba’s rap sheet includes just one career suspension, which came all the way back in 2017. And to the shock of many, it’ll remain that way despite a baseball-style swing at the head of the Bruins’ Trent Frederic on Saturday.