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Jacob Trouba looking forward to Monday's conference call with NHLPA

Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba skates against the Flames

Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba skates against the Flames during the second period of an NHL game at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

SEATTLE — Rangers defenseman Jacob Trouba, the team’s representative to the players’ union, said he is looking forward to Monday’s conference call with the union’s executive board to hear more about the NHLPA’s performance regarding the Kyle Beach situation.

"I think guys want answers,’’ Trouba said at Sunday’s morning skate before the Rangers played their first game against the expansion Seattle Kraken. "I think players want to know what happened, where the shortcomings were with the PA, and how — there’s obviously a lot of breakdowns in the situation, on a lot, a lot of different parts, but what could the PA have done better to prevent this from happening? I think the guys want all those answers.’’

Beach, a former Chicago prospect, alleged that he was sexually abused by the team’s video coach, Brad Aldrich, during the team’s Stanley Cup championship season in 2010. He said he reported it to the team and to the NHLPA, but nothing happened until the story became public this year and an independent report on the incident was released last Tuesday.

NHLPA president Donald Fehr, in a statement Wednesday, acknowledged "a serious failure’’ on the union’s part in the affair.

Chicago GM Stan Bowman and Florida Panthers coach Joel Quenneville, who coached Chicago in 2010, both resigned their positions.

Reaves irked by injury

Forward Ryan Reaves, who is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and is eligible to come off the IR on Tuesday, took part in the morning skate but left early and slammed his stick against the boards in frustration on his way off the ice.

Coach Gerard Gallant said Reaves did not worsen his injury.

"He was hoping to skate today and feel good out there, and it didn’t feel that good,’’ he said. "He didn’t hurt it any more. He’s just frustrated. But he’s still day-to-day.’’

Blue notes

Rookie defenseman Nils Lundkvist was scratched and Jarred Tinordi re-entered the lineup for the first time since opening night . . .   Forward Julien Gauthier and defenseman Libor Hajek were the other scratches . . .   Several Rangers got a chance to say hello at the morning skate to former teammate Colin Blackwell, who was claimed by the Kraken in the expansion draft. Blackwell is on injured reserve and has yet to play for the Kraken.

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