New York Rangers sign forward Vincent Trocheck to seven-year deal

Carolina Hurricanes center Vincent Trocheck (16) skates the puck past New York Rangers center...
Carolina Hurricanes center Vincent Trocheck (16) skates the puck past New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)(John Minchillo | AP)
Updated: Jul. 13, 2022 at 3:38 PM EDT
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NEW YORK (AP) - New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Vincent Trocheck on a seven-year contract.

Trocheck, 29, skated in 81 games for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2021-22, registering 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points and a career-high plus-21 rating. Trocheck ranked third on the Hurricanes with a career-high 185 hits, tied for fourth in points and fifth in goals. He was one of four players in the NHL last season with 50 or more points and 180 or more hits (Trocheck, Tom Wilson, Brady Tkachuk, Andrei Svechnikov). Among NHL skaters with 1,200 or more faceoffs taken, he ranked 13th in the league with a 54.6 faceoff percentage. In addition, the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native led all Carolina forwards in blocked shots (46) and ranked second among forwards in ice time per game (17:52) and takeaways (50).

The 5-10, 183-pound center notched 10 points (6G-4A) and a plus-7 rating in 14 games in the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He led the Hurricanes in playoff goals and plus/minus while ranking tied for third in points.

Trocheck has played in 555 career NHL games across nine seasons (2013-14 - 2021-22), split between Carolina and the Florida Panthers, registering 150 goals and 228 assists for 378 points. Trocheck was coached by Gerard Gallant for parts of three seasons (2014-15 - 2016-17) in Florida. He has played in 80-plus games in three seasons and has recorded 20 or more goals, and 50 or more points in four seasons. Since 2014-15, his first season playing 50 games in the NHL, Trocheck ranks 14th in assists (225) among American-born skaters and tied for 15th in points (370). In that same time frame, Trocheck has taken the 19th most faceoffs (8,635) in the NHL and among those 19, he ranks tied for 10th in faceoff percentage (52.3).

From the time he was acquired by the Hurricanes on February 24, 2020 until 2021-22, Trocheck ranked third on the team in points (96), tied for third in assists (57), fourth in goals (39), and second in power play goals (14).

In 2017-18 with Florida, Trocheck set career-highs in goals (31), assists (44), points (75), power play goals (13), shorthanded goals (3) and game-winning goals (5). That same season, he finished sixth in the NHL in shots (287). In 2016-17, Trocheck led the Panthers in points (54) and tied for the team lead in assists (31), earning a trip to the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.

Internationally, Trocheck has competed for the United States at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, winning gold, and the 2014 IIHF World Championship. He also skated for Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Trocheck was originally selected by the Panthers in third round, 64th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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