NHL Rumors: Devils and Canadiens interested in Mikko Lehtonen

This morning I wrote about Mikko Lehtonen terminating his contract with the KHL to join an NHL club. In the article, I alluded to how the Rangers should go after the 26 year old defenseman to shore up the left side of the defense for the next few seasons while K’Andre Miller and Nils Lundkvist develop.

Another added note was concerning the long overdue objective of providing Kaapo Kakko a fellow Finnish countryman to ease his transition. The fact that both players played together and experienced success was a no brainer to logically connect Lehtonen to the Rangers.

Kakko and Lehtonen celebrate (Ilta Sanomat -David W Cerny)

Devils and Habs interested

The rumor mill of course is churning having both the NJ Devils and Montreal Canadiens interested in the KHL’s leading scorer for defensemen. Both clubs are desperate for blue-line help and are logical destinations for Lehtonen. Expect a decision within the next few days from Lehtonen and more than just these two rumored teams to check in. Also, don’t disregard the Rangers just yet either, I have a hunch they are keenly interested.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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