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Kaapo Kakko’s future may no longer be in New York

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We know it. To hope to win a Stanley Cup, your third row must get up and plays in trio the first six in series.

Yanni Gourde, Blake Coleman, Barclay Goodrow, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Alex Killorn all took turns with Lightning in 2020 and 2021 …

Bryan Bickell, Dustin Byfuglien, Jordan Staal, Tyler Bozak … many of them were important parts of a Stanley Cup win despite a place in the last six.

This spring in New York, the children’s line formed by Filip Chytil, Alexis Lafrenière and Kaapo Kakko was well on his way to doing the job a champion team asks of its third row more more.

But in matches no. 2, no. 3, no. 4, no. 5 and n. 6, these three young players scored only one goal: Kakko on a ride from Chytil on June 3 to New York. No goals have been scored by this trio in the last four games of the series.

We can say that the three young Rangers forwards did not deliver the goods against the reigning double champions. At the same time, we might really expect to see children 20, 21 and 22 years old muzzle experienced Lightning players?

The problem is that everything seems to have been done a bit ‘all wrong In New York.

Kakko, used for 22:47 in the first game of the playoffs (against the Penguins), was used just 10 minutes per game against the Lightning … and was excluded in the last game.

Why did Gerard Gallant leave him in the stands on Saturday night? Because he wanted to have the muscles of Dryden Hunt – who hadn’t played since May 7 – in his training. Hunt ended the game with 1 under and 10:58 on the ice …

Gallant, who still strongly believes in the offensive potential of Kakko and Lafrenière, simply thought he had a better chance of winning his bout with Hunt instead of Kakko, that’s all.

Call back who declined to comment on Kakko’s retirement after Saturday’s meeting.

We wish Gallant had told us more about what he didn’t like about Kakko this spring. His defensive play, his folds, his effort, his physical play, his decisions with the puck?

Note that Kakko confessed to the media that he didn’t like being left out, that it was the first time this happened to him … and that no one had told him why he wasn’t part of the Rangers lineup. He learned this by watching the official line-up on the scoreboard …

In 2022, when communication is extremely important, he will be Rangers’ head coachescaped?

Does Gallant really believe in Kaapo Kakko? Or does he simply allow himself not to say everything in front of the press?

A legitimate question deserves to be asked: are Rangers doing with Kakko what the Canadian did with Jesperi Kotkaniemi? Is the future of the young Finn from Rangers as uncertain as Kotkaniemi’s with CH a year ago? There are many similarities between the two situations, it must be admitted.

According to Elliott Friedman, several teams will call Rangers during the summer to inquire about the price to pay to get their hands on Kaapo Kakko (second overall pick in 2019, I remind you). Jeff Marek even believes that a team like the Hurricanes could be tempted to make a hostile offer to Kakko. Can you imagine?

Is the relationship between Gerard Gallant – who is here to stay – and Kappo Kakko salvable? Is Kakko really part of Rangers’ future plans? He will be able to benefit from limited autonomy on 13 July. He may receive hostile offers, but he will not be entitled to arbitration.

Kakko and Kotkaniemi are two very enlisted Finns superior, but which are slow to hatch. What does the future hold for Kakko? I wish him as much money as KK, but better performances on ice. Will Kent Hughes or Jeff Gorton listen if Chris Drury calls?

Lot of

– Since Kotkaniemi was briefly mentioned, everything indicates that he played injured in the playoffs.

– The rockets rayon.

Nice.

– Happy holiday Boys!

– Awesome stats!

– Serena Williams will be in action at Wimbledon.

– Canadian players, unhappy with the work done last night by the referees, could be suspended.

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