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NHL - US Sports: Trouba believes in Rangers organisation

Defenceman Jacob Trouba believes the New York Rangers are ready to mount a strong challenge for the Stanley Cup this season.

The Rangers, 16/1 to be crowned Stanley Cup champions, have booked their spot in the post-season and sit second in the Metropolitan Division (51-22-6) four points behind the Carolina Hurricanes.

New York qualified for the play-offs in each season from 2011 to 2017, a run which saw them reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and the Eastern Conference Final twice (2012, 2015).

Rangers rebuilding after recent struggles

Since, however, the Rangers have made the play-offs just once in four seasons and were swept by the Hurricanes in 2020 at the Stanley Cup Qualifier stage.

Following several years of rebuilding, Trouba now believes the Rangers can make some noise in the post-season and compete to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994.

The Rangers have a team record 26 comeback wins this season and haven't lost more than two games in a row since they lost three straight from 2nd to 6th November.

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Trouba said to the media: "Culture, everything throughout the room, throughout the organization, has been on the up.

"I think we're ready for this. As a team, as a group, the whole organisation, this is where we wanted to get back to."

Twenty-eight-year-old Trouba is in his third season with New York and has contributed 38 points (10 goals, 28 assists) in 79 games.

He was acquired in a trade with the Winnipeg Jets in June 2019 and signed a seven-year, $56million contract ($8m AAV) a month later.

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