Alexis Lafrenière is linked to a new team and it could make sparks fly

Elias Edmonson
July 11, 2023  (4:04 PM)

Over the past few months, the name of Alexis Lafrenière has often been involved in various trade rumors. Although many Canadiens fans were hoping to see the Quebecer land in Montreal, Kent Hughes seemed to take another avenue by acquiring Alex Newhook.

However, new information has surfaced about Lafrenière's future in New York, who could apparently don the colors of a new team in 2023-2024. Indeed, according to Rob Ellis of the website NHL Trade Rumors, there are currently several talks that would send the former first overall pick to the Chicago Blackhawks.
"Lafrenière has already been the subject of several rumors involving the Vancouver Canucks and the Montreal Canadiens. The Canucks rumor was rather interesting, as his former agent, Emilie Castonguay, is now the team's assistant general manager. However, according to the latest rumors circulating through the NHL, Alexis Lafrenière would land in Chicago." - Rob Ellis

Wow! There is no doubt that this destination could greatly help Laffy to revive his career, who has unfortunately not met the expectations placed on him since his debut in the NHL.
Playing alongside a certain Connor Bedard would undoubtedly help him regain his offensive touch. Moreover, unlike the Rangers, the Blackhawks are sorely lacking in forwards who can play on the team's top two lines, which would give the 21-year-old forward a golden opportunity to have a lot of power play time.
Still according to Rob Ellis, general manager Kyle Davidson would be ready to part with young Lukas Reichel and a first-round pick to acquire him. Reichel, selected 17th overall in 2020, scored 7 goals and 8 assists in 23 games last season, also accumulating 51 points in 55 games with the Rockford Icehogs in the AHL.
Of course, nothing is confirmed at the moment, but it will be very interesting to follow this file closely in the coming weeks!
Alexis Lafrenière, drafted first overall in 2020, had his best career season last year with a record of 16 goals and 23 assists (39 points) in 81 games. Furthermore, since his arrival with the New York Rangers, the Quebecer has collected a meager total of 91 points in 241 games.
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