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New York Rangers Actively Shopping Former Top-5 Draft Pick


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Samer Dagher
February 1, 2024  (10:45)
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Forwards Alexis Lafreniere and Kappo Kakko of the New York Rangers celebrating a goal
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The New York Rangers are actively looking to strengthen their roster ahead of the trade deadline, and TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger suggests they may be willing to part ways with a former second overall pick.

New York Rangers Reportedly Shopping Kappo Kakko

Dreger reports that the Rangers, seen as buyers in the trade market, are considering using Kakko as trade bait to enhance their Stanley Cup playoff aspirations. General Manager Chris Drury is reportedly taking calls on Kakko, especially given the team's recent setback with Filip Chytil's season-ending injury. Despite this loss, the Rangers have cap space and assets, such as Kakko, to pursue a significant addition to their roster.
Dreger on Insider Trading: «Multiple sources have said Drury is taking calls on Kakko, now losing Chytil for the remainder of the season is a big blow for the Rangers, but NYR has cap space and potentially the assets like Kakko to acquire a significant piece»

Kakko, a 22-year-old winger, has recorded five goals and one assist in 28 games this season. While his current season has been modest, he had a breakout campaign last year with 18 goals and 40 points. Kakko is set for restricted free agency this summer with a $2.1 million cap hit on his expiring deal. In his 267-game career, he has accumulated 49 goals and 104 points.
The Rangers recently ruled out Filip Chytil for the rest of the season due to injury, further emphasizing their need for reinforcements. With Chytil on long-term injured reserve, the Rangers have a projected $5.23 million in cap space at the approaching trade deadline.
Despite the potential shakeup, the Rangers currently lead the Metropolitan Division with a strong 30-16-3 record. The coming weeks will reveal how the team navigates the trade landscape to fortify its roster for a deep playoff run.
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