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Could Filip Hronek be on his way to Carolina in exchange for New York Rangers winger Kaapo Kakko reportedly seeks a trade after a disappointing playoff run and healthy scratch.

The New York Rangers’ playoff journey is still going, but the drama surrounding winger Kaapo Kakko is just beginning.

Sportsnet’s Luke Fox reports that the 23-year-old Finn was dissatisfied with being a healthy scratch in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final, adding fuel to the already simmering trade rumors.

Kakko’s struggles this season are no secret. Limited to just 19 points in 61 regular-season games due to injury, his playoff performance has been equally underwhelming, managing a mere two points in 13 games. With his restricted free agency looming and arbitration rights in hand, contract negotiations could prove to be a contentious affair.

Kaapo Kakko’s Discontent Sparks Trade Speculation

Fox suggests that rival general managers should seize the opportunity and inquire about a potential trade, hinting that a change of scenery might be the catalyst needed to revitalize Kakko’s career. The Arizona Coyotes (Utah), Minnesota Wild, and Montreal Canadiens were all linked to the young forward at the trade deadline, making them potential suitors once again.

The Rangers, facing a salary cap crunch and seeking roster upgrades, might be open to moving on from Kakko, especially if they can acquire a player who better fits their needs. While Kakko’s talent and potential remain undeniable, his time in the Big Apple seems to be nearing its end.

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