New York Rangers say Kaapo Kakko, Kevin Rooney may be out until April

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Apr 6, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Kaapo Kakko #24 of the New York Rangers celebrates his powerplay goal at 6:10 of the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on April 06, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury addressed the media today after the NHL Trade Deadline passed.

While the focus was on the Rangers new additions which include forwards Andrew Copp, Tyler Motte, and defenseman Justin Braun an injury update was provided.

Both Kaapo Kakko and Kevin Rooney will be out for the remainder of this month, potentially into early April.

Kaapo Kakko and Kevin Rooney remain out

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Oct 31, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; New York Rangers center Kevin Rooney (17) during the game between the Seattle Kraken and the New York Rangers at Climate Pledge Arena. New York defeated Seattle 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Back on March 14, head coach Gerard Gallant updated the status of both Kaapo Kakko and Kevin Rooney.

“They’re doing their rehab and it’s still week-to-week,” he said. “It’s not going to be this week for sure.”

After Drury’s update it is clear that both of their injuries were more significant than initially suspected.

Kakko, 21, last played on January 21 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Television cameras caught Kakko wincing in a lot of pain and discomfort at the end of the second period as he was flexing his his left arm. He was placed on IR the next day.

Rooney, 28, has 11 points in 51 games this season and has been an integral part of the Blueshirts’ physical fourth line with Ryan Reaves. The injury occurred on March 2 and the Rangers miss his checking abilities.

Rangers Trade Deadline moves

Today’s deadline moves via Rangers press releases:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Justin Braun from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a third-round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft.

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired forward Andrew Copp and a sixth-round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft from the Winnipeg Jets. In exchange, the Rangers have traded forward Morgan Barron, two conditional second round picks (conditions listed below), and a fifth-round pick in 2023.

  • Conditional second round pick 1 (NYR’s own second round pick in 2022; becomes a first-round pick in 2022 if the Rangers advance to the Eastern Conference Final and Copp plays in at least 50 percent of New York’s playoff games)
  • Conditional second round pick 2 (either STL’s own second round pick in 2022 or NYR’s own second round pick in 2023)

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired forward Tyler Motte from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft.

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired forward Nick Merkley from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Anthony Bitetto.