The Vancouver Canucks have checked in on New York Rangers forward Alexis Lafrenière, according to Rick Dhaliwal of Donnie and Dhali — The Team on CHEK TV.
“The Canucks know this player inside out, Lafrenière’s old agent is current Canucks assistant GM Emilie Castonguay.The Canucks have checked in on Lafrenière, he was made a healthy scratch last week by the Rangers. The Rangers are very aware of the Vancouver interest in Lafrenière.Lafrenière will not be cheap but the Canucks have the assets like Bo Horvat to pull this off, if the Rangers decide to move him.Lafrenière is the type of player the new regime in Vancouver is looking for.Before he was traded to Montreal, the Canucks were also one of the teams after Blackhawks forward Kirby Dach. Lafreniere and Dach are the type of young players the Canucks are looking for.”
Lafrenière made headlines last week after he was made a healthy scratch by the Rangers. Early indications are that as soon as that scratching was made public, the Rangers started to receive calls about Lafrenière’s availability in a potential trade.
After being selected first overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Lafrenière has yet to break out at the NHL level, with 36 goals and 33 assists through 172 career games played.
This season with the Rangers, Lafrenière has five goals and 12 assists through 37 games played.
It comes as little surprise that the Canucks would check in on this player, as clearly interest around the league is going to be high in a 21-year-old first-overall pick.
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