Seattle Kraken forward Alexander Wennberg.

New York Rangers linked to former first-round pick

Published February 29, 2024 at 8:53

The New York Rangers currently sit first in the Metropolitan Division heading into action on Wednesday night and as the trade deadline quickly approaches, it appears that they're targeting forward help for their playoff push.

According to Peter Baugh and Thomas Drance, both of The Athletic, one name that the New York Rangers have been linked to is Seattle Kraken forward and former first-round pick Alexander Wennberg.

"The New York Rangers have been connected to Seattle Kraken forward Alex Wennberg. Per, Peter Baugh and Thomas Drance." TheMug said on Instagram.

The 29-year-old is currently in the final year of a three-year deal he signed with the Seattle Kraken back in 2021 that comes with a cap hit of $4.5 million and a modified no-trade clause with a ten-team no-trade list.

The Rangers only have less than $150,000 remaining in cap space, so they'll likely need Seattle to retain 50% of Wennberg's salary and send a big contract back to the Kraken, or get a third team involved to take on some money.

Wennberg, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, has appeared in 58 games this season for the Kraken where he's tallied 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists), 14 penalty minutes and is a plus-one. Wennberg's health is one thing that is a big positive for the Rangers or any team that is taking a look at him, as he's only missed two games since the start of the 2020-21 season.

With the trade deadline set for next Friday, action is expected to pick up any day now and it'll be interesting to see if Alexander Wennberg has a new home by 3 p.m. ET on March 8th.

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New York Rangers linked to former first-round pick

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