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Report: Avalanche, Rangers among teams interested in Wennberg

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The Colorado Avalanche and New York Rangers are among the clubs that have shown interest in Seattle Kraken center Alex Wennberg, reports TSN's Chris Johnston.

The Kraken are sitting Wennberg on Monday against the Calgary Flames for trade-related reasons.

Wennberg is a pending unrestricted free agent with a cap hit of $4.5 million. The 29-year-old has registered nine goals and 16 assists in 60 games this season. Over the last three years - all with Seattle - he's proven to be a decent five-on-five play-driver but a liability on the penalty kill.


Wennberg's best season came in 2016-17 with the Columbus Blue Jackets when he tallied 59 points as a 22-year-old. He's failed to surpass 40 points in any other campaign.

Colorado and New York could both use help down the middle. The Avalanche acquired Ross Colton and Ryan Johansen in the offseason to serve as their middle-six centers, but the latter, in particular, has failed to meet expectations. The Rangers, meanwhile, lost Filip Chytil for the season back in November.

While Wennberg is expected to be traded, the same can't be said for all of Seattle's pending UFAs. The Kraken and Jordan Eberle share mutual interest in a contract extension, reports TSN's Darren Dreger.

Tomas Tatar, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, and Justin Schultz make up Seattle's other notable pending UFAs.

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