Kaapo Kakko’s lack of offer sheet not good news for Rangers


The good news is that Rangers, and with apparently very good reasons, aren’t concerned about the prospect of an offer sheet being presented to Kaapo Kakko amid bridge extension negotiations with the restricted free agent. unfold at a somewhat mystifying pace.

Ah, but here’s the catch.

Is it really good news that no team in the league thinks he’s worth around $4 million a year to poach the 21-year-old Finn from a capped Blueshirts organization that would have next to no way to correspond to such an offer?

Certainly, offsetting a second-round draft pick going the other way on an offer sheet with an average annual value of up to $4,201,488 wouldn’t seem dissuasive in exchange for the player at just three years old. to be selected second overall in the repechage. .

Or does the lack of an offer sheet – or even the threat of an offer at this point – reflect Kakko’s singular desire to stay in New York and succeed in New York? There is no indication that the right-winger or his agent, Mike Liut, has sought interest from another team.

And/or maybe it’s just the general managers of the NHL acting like business as usual, avoiding the offer sheet as a tool to acquire players. There are rare exceptions, but GMs generally feel that the offer sheets will be matched and their own team will then become vulnerable to retaliation.

Kaapo Kakko
Kaapo Kakko
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Again, however, in this case, Rangers general manager Chris Drury would be all but powerless to match a $4 million (par) bid on Kakko. Additionally, the cap restrictions hanging over the franchise would keep the Rangers out of a retaliatory strike for at least three years.

Kakko is there, but he isn’t.

This is good news for the Rangers.

Is not it?

The Panthers appear to have become a destination team, finally taking advantage of their location in a tax-free state in this unequal cap landscape that the NHL and NHLPA failed to resolve — and in fact enacted — in a series of collective negotiations. Agreements.

Perhaps with the acquisition of Matthew Tkachuk, Florida fans will finally take notice, with the Puddy Tats ranking 24th in NHL attendance (14,811) and ability percentage (76.9) l year while winning the Presidents’ Trophy.

Is it too early to put Jonathan Huberdeau and Pierre-Luc Dubois on the Canadiens’ top line in 2024-25?

Calgary general manager Brad Treliving was nimble to get out of the corner he was put in by Tkachuk, acquisitions Huberdeau (30-85-115) and top-four defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, likely allowing the Flames to remain a team of the upper echelon, even explaining the defection of Johnny Gaudreau.

But if the Flames can’t sign Huberdeau and/or Weegar, each a pending unrestricted free agent, the franchise will be forced to move either or both as prime hires on the date. limit and not to repeat the “eleventh hour” of Gaudreau 2022. Error.

Yes, of course, the Panthers become a tougher team to face by trading Huberdeau for Tkachuk and become a more singular threat to the Lightning in their alligator alley matchup.

Incidentally, we seem to have overlooked how bad Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois (and by extension, ownership of Jeff Vinik) was in forcing Ryan McDonagh to waive his full no-trade clause for a team of his choice under the threat of being placed on derogations and claimed by a bum.

There’s no need to shed tears for the No. 27, who opted to move to a growing Nashville club, but the situation is representative of why no-move clauses are so valuable.

Ryan McDonagh
Ryan McDonagh

But when ownership Oren Koules-Len Barrie pulled the same maneuver in 2008 at column friend Dan Boyle, the leaders were trashed.

(By myself !)

If Lou Lamoriello’s insistence on keeping Semyon Varlamov as a $5 million replacement for Ilya Sorokin is proof that the Islanders general manager thinks his team is going to have to play a 3-2 game season, well, I’m rather skeptical about what represents the successful route.

I wonder. Is it a cap space issue, a contract request, or an assessment of talent and roster requirements (or a combination of all of the above) that’s preventing Rangers from relaunching Tyler Motte at the expense of retaining Dryden Hunt ($762,500) on the squad?

Again, though, if it’s an extra $500,000, that equates to a $2.325 million difference in deadline space that Drury must do everything in his power to preserve.

Tyler Motte
Tyler Motte

If Tkachuk was able to easily switch to right wing last season after five years in the NHL playing on his natural left, why does it seem like the Rangers are having an existential crisis with all of their born left-handers?

David Quinn is one of the most compassionate and caring people I’ve ever met in this industry, and I’m thrilled he was given a second chance in San Jose from recently hired General Manager Mike Grier. , with whom he shares a BU lineage.

There is every reason to believe that Quinn, who was not helped at all in his final season in New York by management that refused to address the bubble debacle of 2020, admitted that his close, personal style doesn’t necessarily translate across the NHL’s board of directors and that it needs to give more leeway to its veterans…on the ice, on the bench, in the hall.

One thing is certain, however. The youngsters on this Sharks team who find themselves in a similar reset situation as the Rangers when Quinn was hired – let’s talk about the casting – will receive training and the basics to play 200-foot hockey.


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