Rangers interested in trading for Artturi Lehkonen: report

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Artturi Lehkonen with Canadiens taking faceoff 2021
Artturi Lehkonen with Canadiens taking faceoff 2021

The Rangers have interest in trading for Montreal Canadiens winger Artturi Lehkonen, reports Arthur Staple of The Athletic.

Per The Athletic, Rangers president and GM Chris Drury and Canadiens VP and GM Jeff Gorton "have been in contact" regarding Lehkonen.

Lehkonen, 26, is set to hit restricted free agency after this season and is due to receive a $2.3 million qualifying offer.

Lehkonen has five goals and 10 assists and a +/- of -5 in 38 games this season for the Canadiens, who have the fewest points (23) and second-worst goal differential (-64) in the NHL.

The Rangers, who have struggled this season in 5 on 5 situations, are currently without Kaapo Kakko (who is week-to-week due to an upper-body injury).

In addition to their preliminary interest in Lehkonen, the Rangers have reportedly made a trade offer to the Arizona Coyotes for defenseman Jakob Chychrun.

According to TSN, the Rangers' offer for Chychrun included Vitali Kravtsov.

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