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Major: A former top 3 pick heading to Montreal? Kent Hughes could make a splash with the acquisition of Kaapo Kakko

Published February 1, 2024 at 9:05
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
As you know, with the Elias Lindholm trade, Sean Monahan becomes the most sought-after player leading up to the trade deadline. With over a month before March 8, needless to say, the price will be high.

Indeed, Kent Hughes has the advantage of letting the bidding wars escalate, but he must also not wait too long and risk that number 91 gets injured.

While Monahan's name is often associated with a first-round pick, there are obviously other alternatives for the Canadiens GM, and one of them is in New York.

According to Darren Dreger, Kaapo Kakko, the former 2nd overall pick in 2019, might be available. The Canadiens are fond of that draft year, with Kirby Dach, Alex Newhook, and Cole Caufield all being first-round picks from that year.


Furthermore, the link between Jeff Gorton and the Rangers is undeniable. It was, after all, Gorton who selected Kakko 2nd overall when he was the GM in New York.

Dreger on Insider Trading: «Multiple sources have said Drury is taking calls on Kakko, now losing Chytil for the remainder of the season is a big blow for the Rangers, but NYR has cap space and potentially the assets like Kakko to acquire a significant piece»

The Rangers are in win-now mode, so they are willing to pay a high price to acquire a player who can help them win. With Filip Chytil being a center and injured, the connection with Monahan is easy to make.

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February 1   |   511 answers
Major: A former top 3 pick heading to Montreal? Kent Hughes could make a splash with the acquisition of Kaapo Kakko

Would you trade Sean Monahan for Kaapo Kakko?

Yes21341.7 %
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