Rangers 2024 trade deadline buzz: NY's reportedly taking calls on Kaapo Kakko

Here’s the latest Rangers news and buzz ahead of the March 8 NHL trade deadline…

Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m.

As the Rangers look to upgrade their team ahead of the deadline, GM Chris Drury is reportedly taking calls on former second overall pick Kaapo Kakko, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger. 

“Losing [Filip] Chytil for the remainder of the season is a big blow for the Rangers, but New York has cap space, and potentially the assets like Kakko, to acquire a significant piece,” Dreger said on Tuesday’s edition of Insider Trading.

With new head coach Peter Laviolette behind the bench, Kakko started the year alongside Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider on the top line, but he was quickly demoted after producing just three points over the first 11 games.

Still just 22 years old and playing on a cheap contract, perhaps, New York will be able to net an asset back to help their Stanley Cup push.

Jan. 30, 9:56 a.m.

With the Rangers possibly in need of two centers due to Filip Chytil being out for the season, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet said “one of the teams that people are looking at,” regarding Montreal Canadiens center Sean Monahan, is New York.

“I do think a number of teams are wondering if Monahan is on the Rangers’ radar,” Friedman noted.

However, Friedman added that there is “no love lost” between the front offices of the Rangers and Canadiens, which could possibly add a wrinkle to any potential deal.

Monahan, 29, is having a strong season, with 13 goals and 22 assists in 49 games for a Canadiens team that appears destined to miss the playoffs.

He has scored 27 or more goals five times during his nine-year NHL career and has bounced back nicely following groin surgery that ended his 2022-23 campaign.

Monahan is earning just $1.985 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent after the year.

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