New York Rangers & Calgary Flames Talking Trade?

Reports from's Rob Ellis have ignited significant buzz in the hockey world as it appears that the New York Rangers and the Calgary Flames are actively engaged in trade discussions.

The proposed trade scenario centers around the Rangers potentially sending forward Kaapo Kakko, young defenseman Braden Schneider, and a 2024 second-round draft pick to the Flames.

In exchange, the Flames are would trade defenseman Chris Tanev, with a notable 50% of his $4,500,000 annual average salary retained, along with forward Adam Ruzicka.

So far this season, Tanev has scored one goal and seven points, along with a +2 plus/minus rating, across 34 games played.

The 24-year-old Ruzicka has amassed 14 goals and 40 total points over 106 games played.

If this trade were to come to fruition, it could carry substantial implications for both teams.

For the Rangers, acquiring a seasoned defenseman in Tanev, known for his defensive prowess, and adding a promising forward in Ruzicka could enhance their roster for a more competitive playoff run.

Conversely, the Flames would secure a former highly-touted prospect in Kakko, a potential cornerstone defenseman in Schneider, and an additional asset through the second-round draft pick.

Over his five-year career, Kakko has amassed 46 goals and 101 total points across 259 games played.

Schneider is a little harder to see the Rangers parting with right now. The 22-year-old is a former 19th overall pick by the Rangers in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, and has scored 10 goals, 38 total points and a +11 plus/minus rating over 160 games played in his three-year NHL career.

Furthermore, this trade could bring financial flexibility to both teams, potentially aiding the Flames in their rebuilding efforts and helping the Rangers manage their salary cap more effectively. Photo Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports