The good information is that the Rangers, and with seemingly really fantastic explanation, are unconcerned above the prospect of an present sheet staying introduced to Kaapo Kakko as negotiations on a bridge extension with the restricted free agent progress at a relatively mystifyingly gradual pace. 

Ah, but here’s the rub. 

Is it actually excellent news that no group in the league believes it is value about $4 million a year to poach the 21-year-previous Finn from a cap-constrained Blueshirts corporation that would have effectively no way to match these an offer sheet? 

Definitely the payment of a next-spherical draft decide on going the other way on an offer sheet with an yearly average benefit of up to $4,201,488 would not seem a deterrent in exchange for the participant just three a long time eliminated from currently being picked 2nd all round in the draft. 

Or does the absence of an offer you sheet — or even the risk of a person at this position — mirror Kakko’s singular need to keep in New York and make it in New York? There is zero sign that the right wing or his agent, Mike Liut, has solicited interest from any other group. 

And/or probably this is simply NHL general professionals conducting business enterprise as common, eschewing the present sheet as a tool to acquire gamers. There is the unusual exception, but GMs usually come to feel supply sheets will be matched and their personal group then will come to be susceptible to retaliation. 

Kaapo Kakko
Kaapo Kakko
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Once again, although, in this circumstance, Rangers general supervisor Chris Drury would be all but helpless to match a $4 million (for every) bid on Kakko. In addition, the cap restraints that loom over the franchise would avoid the Rangers from a retaliatory strike for at the very least a different a few decades. 

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Kakko is out there, but he isn’t. 

Which is good news for the Rangers. 

Isn’t it? 


The Panthers show up to have turn into a place staff, lastly having edge of their place in a no-tax point out in this uneven difficult-cap landscape that the NHL and NHLPA have unsuccessful to handle — and indeed have promulgated — in a sequence of collective bargaining agreements. 

Probably, with Matthew Tkachuk’s acquisition, the admirers in Florida will ultimately observe, the Puddy Tats rating 24th in equally NHL attendance (14,811) and % of potential (76.9) past yr although successful the Presidents’ Trophy. 

Is it also shortly to pencil in Jonathan Huberdeau and Pierre-Luc Dubois on the Canadiens’ initial line in 2024-25? 

Calgary GM Brad Treliving was nimble in doing the job his way out of the corner in which he was place by Tkachuk, the acquisitions of Huberdeau (30-85-115) and top-four defenseman MacKenzie Weegar likely letting the Flames to continue being an upper echelon group even accounting for Johnny Gaudreau’s defection. 

But if the Flames can not sign Huberdeau and/or Weegar, just about every of whom is a pending unrestricted free of charge agent, the franchise will be obligated to go possibly or both of those as blue-chip rentals at the deadline and not repeat the 2022 Gaudreau “Eleventh Hour” mistake. 

Indeed, for positive, the Panthers turn out to be a additional complicated staff to play from by swapping Huberdeau for Tkachuk and grow to be a more singular menace to the Lightning in their alligator alley confrontation. 


By the way, we seem to be to have skipped in excess of just how cutthroat Tampa Bay GM Julien BriseBois (and by extension, Jeff Vinik’s possession) was in forcing Ryan McDonagh to waive his complete no-trade clause for a team of his alternative underneath danger of becoming placed on waivers and being claimed by a ne’er-do-very well. 

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There is no have to have to shed tears for No. 27, who chose to go to a Nashville club that is bulking up, but the predicament is consultant of why no-go clauses are so treasured. 

Ryan McDonagh
Ryan McDonagh
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But when the Oren Koules-Len Barrie ownership pulled the exact maneuver in 2008 to mate of the column Dan Boyle, the execs ended up trashed. 

(By me, even!) 


If Lou Lamoriello’s insistence on keeping Semyon Varlamov as a $5 million backup to Ilya Sorokin is evidence that the Islanders GM thinks his team is likely to have to play a year of 3-2 online games, very well, I’m relatively skeptical that signifies the route to results. 


I question. Is it a cap-area difficulty, contract ask, or analysis of talent and roster specifications (or a blend of all of the earlier mentioned) that is stopping the Rangers from re-upping Tyler Motte at the price of retaining Dryden Hunt ($762,500) on the squad? 

All over again, nevertheless, if it is one more $500,000, that quantities to a distinction of $2.325 million of house at the deadline that Drury must do almost everything in his power to preserve. 

Tyler Motte
Tyler Motte
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If Tkachuk could change seamlessly to right wing final period after five several years in the NHL taking part in on his pure remaining, why does it appear like the Rangers have an existential disaster with all their organic-born lefties? 


David Quinn is a person of the most compassionate, caring people today I have satisfied in my life time in this industry, and am delighted he has gained a next chance in San Jose from not long ago hired GM Mike Grier, with whom he shares a BU bloodline. 

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There is every single cause to feel that Quinn, who was not assisted at all his remaining period in New York by a management that refused to deal with the 2020 bubble debacle, has acknowledged that his up-near-and-particular design and style does not essentially translate across the board in the NHL and that he ought to permit his vets additional respiratory home … on the ice, on the bench, in the area. 

One thing for confident, even though. The young’uns on this Sharks crew that is in a equivalent reset situation as were the Rangers when Quinn was hired — converse about variety-casting — will acquire an education and learning and basis in taking part in 200-foot hockey.

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