NHL Trade Rumors: 2 Rangers Who Are Prime Offseason Trade Candidates

Recently, New York Rangers general manager Chris Drury admitted that anything would be on the table this summer when it comes to roster decisions. The Rangers continue to creep closer to the finish line, but just can't seem to close things out when the games matter most. Now Drury goes on pursuit of a solution.

The Rangers have a couple of players who could be available on the 2024 offseason trade market, and they include:

Kaapo Kakko

It's been an up-and-down relationship between Kakko and the Rangers, since being selected with the #2 overall pick at the 2019 draft. Kakko's been in and out of the lineup ever since and seem to get streaky at times, but not consistent enough to be completely trusted by the Rangers coaching staff. Kakko finished last season playing in 61 games and recording 19 points. He'd go on to record another two points in 15 Stanley Cup Playoff games. As a pending restricted free-agent, it's time for a new contract and the reality of it is, that could be coming with another team.

Barclay Goodrow

After a horrible regular season with just 12 points in 80 games, Goodrow turned it on in a major way in the playoffs, posting six goals and eight points in 16 postseason games. The Rangers have $11 million in cap space and could create some more flexibility moving on from Goodrow and the $3.6 million annually heading his way for the next three seasons. The gritty forward does own a modified 15-team no-trade clause and has some say in the matter, but if Drury isn't going to move on from Panarin, Kreider or Zibanejad, than Goodrow could be first up on the approval list.

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