The New York Rangers have found their man.
After going years without one, the Rangers finally landed on a player worthy to don the 'C' on Tuesday morning, officially announcing that defenseman Jacob Trouba has been named the 28th captain in franchise history.
Since arriving in New York during the 2019 offseason, Trouba has proven his worth in a Rangers uniform from the onset and established himself as one of the club's top defenders, anchoring the second pair alongside K'Andre Miller last season while putting up an impressive 11 goals and 28 assists for 39 points in 81 games.
As one of six alternate captains for the Rangers last season along with Chris Kreider, Artemiy Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Barclay Goodrow, and the now-departed Ryan Strome, Trouba had already been entrenched as a key part of the team's leadership core prior to his promotion and is now cemented as the organization's figurehead moving forward.
Trouba will now be the first Rangers player to assume the role of captain since the 2018 season, when Ryan McDonagh held the title before being dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the trade deadline. In a funny twist, McDonagh actually became the second straight Rangers captain to vacate his title after being dealt to the Lightning at the time, as forward Ryan Callaghan also forfeited his 'C' after heading to Tampa Bay years earlier.
With an exciting core now under contract for the foreseeable future and a surprise Eastern Conference Final appearance under their belt, the Rangers are poised to make some noise in the Metropolitan Divison in the coming years. And with Trouba now leading the way, their leadership contingent is as solid as ever, too.