Hello, and welcome to yet another installment of NHL Rumors! As each day passes, the buzz continues to increase and become more widespread. It provides managers with additional time to plan and prepare for the second half of the season, which is beneficial given the celebrations that will take place during the All-Star game. The New York Rangers and the Ottawa Senators are the subject of the daily rumors that circulate.
New York Rangers
The Rangers are reportedly accepting calls on Kaapo Kakko, according to a rumor that was reported by Darren Dreger on Insider Trading.
Fans of the Rangers were ecstatic when the team selected Kaapo Kakko with the second overall choice. It seems like only a short time ago that they experienced this. Adding a player of that level to the core group that was already in place is a significant step forward. Kakko, on the other hand, has not been able to live up to the expectations that were placed on him prior to his selection as the second overall player. Although he had a career year when he scored 18 goals and scored 40 points during the 2022-23 season, he has not been very successful this season.
There is no culpability on Kakko’s part because he has been sidelined for a portion of the season due to an injury. On the other hand, he has scored five goals and had six points in 28 games. It is simply not good enough, and the squad needs more from him in order to score additional points from a deeper position. In addition, the loss of center Filip Chytil is a devastating blow to the squad, as it creates an additional void on the roster. The fact that the Rangers have been receiving calls on Kakko is now something that Dreger is aware of, and he might see him being moved.
After offering Kakko a bridge arrangement for a period of two years, General Manager Chris Drury is reportedly considering terminating the agreement. As a player, he is still in his youth and possesses the potential to become a solid player for another organization. On the other hand, Kakko is a defensive-minded winger who does a fantastic job in high-danger zones, despite the fact that his productivity is not impressive.
The Rangers have a salary cap space of $5.237 million at the moment, and Kakko has the ability to assist in luring a large fish to the team in order to strengthen the lineup. In light of the fact that the race for the division is getting closer and closer, Drury will endeavour to make a splash once more.
On Insider Trading, Darren Dreger expresses his belief that Ottawa is connected to Chris Tanev, according to a rumor.
As we move on to the next round of NHL Rumours, we will be discussing the Atlantic zone. The Calgary Flames are certainly going to be one of the teams that everyone will be requesting assets from. When things grow closer, his market ought to become more competitive. On the other hand, Dreger does mention one team that has demonstrated a heightened level of interest, and that is the National Capital Senators.
The Senators have had a season that has been nothing short of a frenzy. It has been a very festive time, to say the least, with everything from the change of ownership to the gambling incident involving Shane Pinto to the sacking of the head coach. The team is no longer in the running for the playoffs and is set to miss out on their season. On the other hand, it seems that the addition of Tanev was done with the intention of constructing for the following season and adding parts.
Tanev is an outstanding two-way defenseman who would be a tremendous asset to the Senators red line if he were to join the team. In addition to defenseman Jake Sanderson and Thomas Chabot, who are both serving lengthy sentences, the addition of Tanev provides them with an additional building brick.
One of the most important things that Dreger outlines is what Tanev is looking for. Is he interested in capturing the Stanley Cup? Alternately, is he trying to figure out what he wants his future to be like? With a salary of $4.5 million, Tanev is entitled to a sizeable pay increase. Considering that he has a modified no trade clause in his agreement, this is also an important consideration.
Jakob Chychrun was not on my bingo card when I was shopping for the Senators, despite the fact that they may be a good fit. The Toronto Maple Leafs, who are their rivals in Canada, would be a formidable opponent for them if they were successful in acquiring him.