New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) scores on Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) in the first period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Friday, June 3, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Per Vince Mercogliano, Kaapo Kakko is skating on his own. Kakko has been out for about a month with a knee injury that looked pretty brutal on replays. While there is no timeline for his return, his return to skating is a good thing for the Rangers, who sorely miss him on RW.

No disrespect to Jonny Brodzinski, who has been fine and is likely a better option than at least one player on the fourth line, but Kakko’s defensive play is much needed right now.

Given what we know, we can logically reason that Kakko won’t be back until after the All Star break/bye week in early February. That would give the Rangers enough of a ramp up to the trade deadline to hopefully identify true team needs, instead of what is viewed as an issue due to missing him and Filip Chytil.

Unfortunately, there is no update on Chytil, who was sent to a concussion specialist last week.


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