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NHL Fines Jacob Trouba the Max, AGAIN

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Jacob Trouba Elbow Fine, NHL News

The NHL has levied yet another supplemental discipline penalty against New York Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba. This time, the light slap on the wrist was for his blatant elbow attempt on Florida Panthers forward Evan Rodrigues in the second period of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final Sunday night.

The NHL issued the maximum fine of $5000 Monday afternoon.

Trouba, who has delivered more chicken wings than Buffalo’s Anchor Bar, lunged at Rodrigues with his elbow clearly extended in an effort to make high contact with the former Pittsburgh Penguins forward.

Rodrigues saw Trouba and narrowly avoided the worst of the collision, though Trouba did connect with some parts of Rodrigues’s neck and back shoulder. Rodrigues had to briefly leave the game after falling to the ice.

It is the third time this season that Trouba has received extra discipline from the league. On Nov. 25, he was fined $5000 for high-sticking Boston Bruins forward Trent Frederic. He was also suspended for two games on Jan. 26 for elbowing Vegas Golden Knights rookie Pavel Dorofeyev.

The suspension cost him over $83,000. However, all fines are paid to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund

Trouba, who has delivered and attempted to deliver more headshots than a Hollywood talent agency, also famously delivered an “accidental” elbow to Penguins’ captain Sidney Crosby while the Penguins led what could have been a series-deciding Game 5 in Round One in 2022. Crosby was concussed, and the Rangers rallied to win the game and the series.

In Round One, Trouba tried to elbow Carolina Hurricanes Martin Necas, who deftly ducked under Trouba as the defender launched himself face-first toward the boards.