Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Rangers/Avs trade talk
By Victoria Matiash
The general manager of the New York Rangers is also thought to be actively discussing a trade for Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche. CBC's Elliotte Friedman proposes the Avs may be interested in shipping O'Reilly eastward for a package that includes defenseman Michael Del Zotto.
"... Colorado began the process of approaching teams it considers possible trade partners. One was definitely the New York Rangers. I had originally thought the deal involved Michael del Zotto and Derek Stepan for O'Reilly and another defenceman. However, it was strongly denied that Stepan was ever discussed, so I think I was wrong. The Denver Post's Adrian Dater has reported the Avalanche are not as interested in getting a centre back ... Even so, del Zotto is exactly the kind of player Colorado would want. Tyson Barrie's goal on Monday against the Nashville Predators was the first by an Avalanche blue-liner this season ..."
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch suggested the Avs are asking for a player/prospect/pick package in return for O'Reilly, but it's unlikely any club would cough all that up.