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Kaapo Kakko signs two-year deal

10:25 AM: Kakko’s qualifying offer after the 2023-24 season will be $2.4 million. (CapFriendly)

10:05 AM: Kakko’s cap is $2.1 million. (Staple, Brooks)

10:02 AM: The Rangers have announced that Kaapo Kakko has signed a two-year contract deal.

Kakko was an RFA and was expected to sign a two-year deal.

From the Rangers: “Kakko, 21, played in 43 games for the Blueshirts in 2021-22, recording seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points and a plus-nine rating. In addition, Kakko registered five points (2G-3A) in 19 playoff games.”

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Where the Kaapo Kakko’s situation is

Arthur Staple wrote in The Athletic last week that the Rangers and Kaapo Kakko are working on his next contract “without many hitches.”

He says that the deal will likely be in the $2 million range for one or two seasons, but that Kakko’s name had still been involved in trade conversations. (The Athletic)

Chris Drury said on Wednesday that the Rangers “think the world” of Kakko and want him to be a Ranger “for a long, long time.” (NY Post)

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What Kaapo Kakko said about his season, being scratched and motivation for next year

While speaking on Monday, before he returned to Finland, Kaapo Kakko said that he is trying to take his scratch in Game Six as motivation for next season and to show that he is a “good player” that should be in the lineup. (NYR)

He said that he doesn’t think that his scratch in Game Six will impact his future as an RFA. (NYR)

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What Gerard Gallant said about scratching Kaapo Kakko in Game 6

3:50 PM: Kakko said that this was the first time he had been scratched at any level and that no one talked to him about it, he just saw that he wasn’t in the lineup. (Stepheneon)

He added that what happened in Game 6 won’t impact his desire to return to the Rangers and will instead provide motivation for next season. (Stephenson)

1:46 PM: While speaking on Monday, Gerard Gallant said that he scratched Kaapo Kakko for Saturday’s game six loss because he felt that he was dressing the best lineup.

He said, “trying to win a hockey game and just dressing my lineup. When we sit down and talk about our lineup that is what we do….we love the kid, he’s a good player, good young player, but we just thought the best lineup was trying to win that game.” (NYR)

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Kaapo Kakko out week-to-week with lower-body injury

5:50 PM: Gerard Gallant said after practice “We fully expect him to be back, hopefully, possibly, play maybe two or three of the last games, but we expect him for playoffs.” (NYR)

11:02 AM: Kaapo Kakko is being considered “week-to-week” after suffering a lower-body injury in the first period of Saturday’s win over Detroit. (Brooks, Staple)

Kakko had played three games and one period after missing 31 games with an upper-body injury.

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Kaapo Kakko and Kevin Rooney return to the lineup tonight

6:37 PM: Igor Shesterkin starts in net. (MSG)

6:32 PM: Kakko will skate on the third line with Barclay Goodrow and Alexis Lafreniere. (MSG)

Filip Chytil will not play and is being considered day-to-day.

5:04 PM: Kaapo Kakko and Kevin Rooney will return to the Rangers lineup tonight against Ottawa. (NYR)

Kakko last played on 1/21 after suffering an upper-body injury against Carolina.

Rooney last played on 3/2 against St. Louis after suffering an upper-body injury.