Jacob Troup He has left a lot of pain in his wake this postseason.
Sidney Crosby He lost a game and a half after what was considered an accidental high hit in Game Five of the opening round, turning the tide of that series.
Rookie Hurricanes Seth Jarvis say It was still “in a fog” Thursday on the day of Carolina’s breakup, three days after Trouba threw what was also considered a legal hit – but that blow left Jarvis with a concussion, and in the immediate aftermath, the Hurricanes left a penalty in Game 7 When they took a minor with too many men as Jarvis cautiously tried to crawl into the seat.
A lot of this wasn’t done well in the 1920s NHL, as we have to reconcile the growing interest in the long-term effects of head injuries with sports that are still physical and can remain legally violent, especially in pursuit of the Stanley Cup. But while Trouba rides on the edge of how much damage the league allows any player to inflict, it also impressed two of the biggest hitters of the ’90s and 2000s.
“The guy knows how to hit, and he can change the game,” said Darius Casparitis, one of the league’s toughest defenders. the athlete.
Casparitis made his name as a 20-year-old rookie in the 1992-93 season, standing up to Mario Lemieux and Jaroomer Jäger as the Islands upset the two-time defending champion in the post-season second round.
“When I played, I expected it to be bad and ugly,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of big kicks. It was just part of trying to win. Now, guys don’t expect to get hit. You can see it with Jarvis. It’s a pity what happened, but he got hit, they took a penalty and Notice Scored. This is how the game changes.
“It’s a dying breed, what Trouba does. But I can tell you, guys appreciate it.”
Chris Brugger hasn’t had a chance to throw a hit he’s missed in 18 seasons, as well as a run of 15 straight playoffs, with four different teams. Like Kasparaitis, he made his trade in the NHL quite different, despite retiring only a decade ago. But, for him, that doesn’t mean there’s no place in postseason today for blows like the one thrown by Trouba.
“People might see it as cheating or breaking the rules when someone gets hurt, but it’s part of the game,” Brunger said. “You have to try to wear the teams, slow them down. Qualifiers are a battle of attrition and you do whatever you can do within the rules to get an advantage. It’s something really good teams understand and the winning teams know you.
“The guys in Tampa don’t necessarily run you across the boards, but they fight for every disc. They never miss an opportunity to hit someone. They grind on you. That aspect can’t be overlooked.”
Pronger added something that might worry a lot of people: “You’re not trying to hurt anyone, but you’re trying to hurt people. You want them to have a few extra snowpacks after a game in a long streak. You want them to think twice before getting down on your side. Some teams aren’t that deep. Like the others. This is a gaming skill.”
Trouba is not that outspoken, perhaps because he only has a few years left in his career. He had a string of hit songs in the regular season that drew similar attention, leading to a huge legal hit Chicago‘s good essence on the ice. Methods Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon Down with a similar injury a few days later. Trouba answered the bell to fight after the two strikes, as he did when he hit Max Domy In game 4 of the Hurricanes series.
Carolina’s Steve Lorentz went immediately after Trouba, and they fought, Lorentz received a provoked penalty, and Rangers turned to the force. It was upsetting for Carolina and her fans but it was effective.
“Men no longer learn to play that way, and when that happens, people get upset,” Casparitis said. “It is important to teach young players to be ready for these kinds of strikes and that they can happen at any time. When I was learning the game, I had coaches like (legendary Soviet defender and coach Zintola) Biliyaltdinov who taught me to look for players coming through the middle with their heads low. It was a skill to do that. I understand we don’t want that anymore because of a lot of concussions, but you can still get into the NHL. Why don’t you try to do it whenever you can?”
Earlier this week, Scott Stevens was mentioned by Gerard Gallant when asked who Trouba reminded him of. GM Chris Drury mentioned Adam Foot, his old teammate of the Avalanche, whose son was Cal, in Lightning.
“He was a tough guy to play against. It’s a pretty big compliment to me,” Troupa said of comparing Stevens. “I know you’ll be disappointed to hear that I didn’t watch a lot of hockey growing up. I was more of a man (Nichlas) Liedstrom in my backyard.”
“Troupa has been doing it for years,” Tampa coach John Cooper said. “The unfortunate outcome of what happened last night (with Jarvis), I don’t think anyone including Trouba wants to see that. But everyone is well aware of guys who can hit you. Going into a corner with Trouba versus someone else on their team, you probably have the mentality Different I suppose they have the same thought process about some of our guys.
“Trouba is a good player in this league. I was part of the North American team (in world Cup) in 2016, and Tropez was on her; He was a heck of a player in this league and had a physical presence. And you need that in teams that are progressing.”
Jarvis said Thursday that he had no problem with the injury. It’s doubtful that many Carolina fans (or Pittsburgh fans) feel the same way. This is a reminder that the environment outside the NHL, especially in the playoffs, is nothing like what was discussed or seen inside the locker room. Even then, Pronger agrees with Kasparaitis that today’s young NHLers should be more prepared for the big connection, especially in the playoffs.
“The fewer hits he hits, the more players like Trouba stand out and are less prepared for his success,” Brunger said. “Men lack the knowledge, and you can’t do it like a professional. You end up getting injured, and guys like him have the reins of freedom.”
The tiebreak is long, and players who can throw those game-changing blows while still playing a top-level defense — like Stevens, who is now seen as either the ultimate leader and a big reason to win the Stanley Cup three times or a risk, depending on which Twitter thread they’re on. You want to jump into him, Pronger or Foote – he can make as much of an impact over two months after the season as a top scorer or hot goalkeeper. Even if it makes you feel conflicted about your desire to have a player like this on your team.
“You get the other team to think of something other than what’s right in front of them and you win the fight,” Brunger said. “We’ve always tried to get the fatwa when someone is being hit so hard that you take a number and get it in the regular season next year. I was really bad in those first few rounds for me. Some guys get distracted a lot.”
“You must have made Carolina fans say Tropa is the dirtiest guy ever,” Casparitis said. “Maybe Pittsburgh fans too. But Ranger fans? They love it. Sometimes my Facebook posts get flagged with some of my old songs, and it’s the same. That was 25 or 30 years ago. Those plays energize the crowd and energize your teammates.”
“You want a guy who can play this way. Sometimes people get hurt. But that’s hockey.”
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