Vincent TrochekHis wife, two children and two dogs have settled into their lives in New York, but when the veteran center hit the ice with the Rangers – the third team in his nine-year NHL career – for training camp Thursday afternoon at MSG Training Center in Tarrytown, he said he felt some unexpected tensions mixed in. with excitement.
But his enthusiasm was apparently the primary emotion that Trochik showed. Direct entry to the central floor No. 2 Alongside one of the NHL’s most dynamic wingers, Artemi Panarin will do just that for a player. The fact that head coach Gerard Gallant had already awarded the opening position to the highest power play unit, which Ryan Strom vacated, to Troshik definitely added to the excitement.
“It’s a really cliched answer to say I’m really excited to play with this team, but I feel it’s a completely different level of excitement that I had in the season with a team as good as this,” said Trochek, who signed a seven-year contract with Rangers as a free agent this off-season. Expectations are as high as we do.” “Playing with a few guys in this room who are just amazing hockey players and high firepower, I am next-level excited.”
Rangers Brass got its first glimpse of Trochek and Panarin during the team brawl, as the new duo skated with Vitaly Kravtsov and spent a lot of time competing against Chris Kreider’s unit – Mika Zibanijad – Sammy Blais. The streaks will likely get mixed up a few times with camp appearances and pre-season, but Trocheck revealed during his introductory press conference that playing alongside Panarin was discussed before he even signed for $39.375 million.
Troschek said he’s already started picking out Panarin’s brain, discovering his tendencies and figuring out what the two expect from each other.
“I played against him for many years,” Truschek said. “Sometimes you play against him, and you sit on the bench and you kind of sit and watch him as a fan. It’s crazy to watch the things he does there. The things I wouldn’t even think of doing.
“He is a special talent and I see myself getting passes that I am not even ready for because he only gives them to you when no one expects them. Fun to play with.”
Galant, who coached Trocchik for parts of three seasons in Florida, noted that the 29-year-old played last season in the Hurricanes’ top playing unit, collecting 12 points with the man advantage. The season before that, he turned 18, his second most career-high after the 27 he posted in 2017-18.
Highlighting Trocheck’s deflection skills and his shot from the hole, Gallant appeared confident he could replace Ström at the hugely successful PSU last season.
“He’s a good hockey player,” Gallant said. “He plays 200 feet, kills penalty kicks, plays strength. He’s a competitive guy, he’s a fiery guy. He really wants to win hockey games. I love him. He’s a good and talented player. When I had a little kid in Florida his game has developed really well” .
The last time Trocheck moved to a new team was in the middle of the 2019-20 season, when the Panthers replaced him with Carolina on the trade deadline. He said that having time to settle in and acclimatize to the team this time around was helpful.
In addition, Captain Jacob Tropa Trochek warmly received an invitation to attend the Harry Styles party at Madison Square Garden this summer. The Rangers hope Trochic can put on his own show on the park’s ice.