Rangers sign Kaapo Kakko to two-year, $4.2 million contract

Rangers sign Kaapo Kakko to two-year, $4.2 million contract

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The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Kaapo Kakko on a two-year contract worth $4.2 million.

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New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Rangers left wing Chris Kreider, right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rangers won 3-2. 

New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) celebrates his goal against the Arizona Coyotes with Rangers left wing Chris Kreider, right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. The Rangers won 3-2.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The deal with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft carries an annual salary cap hit of $2.1 million. General manager Chris Drury announced the agreement Thursday.

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New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) looks to pass the puck as Arizona Coyotes right wing Michael Grabner (40) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in New York. 

New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) looks to pass the puck as Arizona Coyotes right wing Michael Grabner (40) defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in New York.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Kakko played in 43 games last season, recording seven goals and 11 assists with a plus-nine rating. The 21-year-old Finn also had two goals and three assists in 19 games during the Rangers’ unexpected run to the Eastern Conference final.

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New York Rangers' Kaapo Kakko, center, celebrate his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in Philadelphia.

New York Rangers’ Kaapo Kakko, center, celebrate his goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, April 13, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Derik Hamilton)

Kakko has skated in 157 career NHL games, putting up 26 goals and 32 assists. His best season was his rookie year in 2019-20, when he had 10 goals and 13 assists in 66 games.

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