Following the end of the regular season, Elliotte Friedman wrote at CBC, that when the Rangers were engaging the Colorado Avalanche in trade talks about Ryan O’Reilly, the Avs asked for Derek Stepan.
Friedman said that with the regular season that he had, it’s understandable why the Avs wanted Stepan. Friedman adds “Stepan took a major leap this year.”
THIS SECTION is all about the Ryan O’Reilly rumors from the season.
O’Reilly played in 29 games for the Avalanche after Colorado matched the offer sheet he signed with Calgary. He had six goals and 14 assists.
According to Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun, the Colorado Avalanche were seeking a player, a top prospect and a first round pick for RFA Ryan O’Reilly.
Garrioch says that for the Rangers, Colorado was asking for Michael Del Zotto, Chris Kreider and a first round pick.
The Rangers first round pick this year belongs to Columbus.
O’Reilly was signed to an offer-sheet by the Flames on Thursday but it was matched soon after by Colorado.
O’Reilly can not be traded for one year, until 2/28/14.
9:27PM: Colorado has announced that they have matched the Flames offer.
5:45PM: Elliotte Friedman notes that Colorado can’t trade O’Reilly for one calendar year if they match the offer sheet.
5:39PM: Chris Johnston says that O’Reilly has signed the Flames offer sheet and the compensation for Colorado would be a first rounder and a third rounder.
5:29PM: According to Darren Dreger, the Calgary Flames have reportedly sent an offer sheet to RFA holdout Ryan O’Reilly.
THIS SECTION has the O’Reilly and Rangers talk.
Dreger says that the offer sheet breaks down as:
- Two years and $10 million.
- Cap hit of $5 million
- $1 million in salary this year with a signing bonus of $2.5 million.
- 2013-14 salary is $6.5 million.
The Flames play the Avs tonight and are current;y 7-7-4 and three points out of a playoff spot.
According to Katie Strang, the agents for Mats Zuccarello and Ryan O’Reilly are in NY today.
Strang says that the group from Newport Sports usually takes a trip to NY one or twice a year to visit with NY based clients.
She says that both players may come up in discussions if Newport Sports meet with Glen Sather.
Other clients of Newport Sports that are on the Rangers include Brad Richards, Dan Girardi, former Ranger Wade Redden, Michael Del Zotto and Henrik Lundqvist.
Newport also represents NY area players like pending UFA David Clarkson, Matt Moulson.
They also represent pending UFA Corey Perry
According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, there have been no developments in the Rangers pursuit of unsigned RFA center Ryan O’Reilly.
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At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes that the trade market is currently quiet and no one wants to take on a significant contract with the salary cap coming down to $64.3 million.
LeBrun adds that he expects an activity filled April 3rd trade deadline, but say that a lot of the activity could take place in the offseason.
With Ryan O’Reilly, LeBrun says that many teams, including the Rangers, Senators, Leafs and Flyers, have all asked about O’Reilly but have been turned off by Colorado’s high asking price.
LeBrun spoke with one Eastern Conference GM who said that Colorado is only interested in moving O’Reilly if they can get a home-run offer for him.
THIS SECTION has all of the previous talk about O’Reilly and the Rangers.
Scott Howson tried to hit a home run while he was in the process of trading Rick Nash.
Recently, Howson spoke about that trade.
On Saturday, Elliotte Friedman reported on HNIC that the Rangers and Avalanche had discussed the parameters of a deal that would include unsigned RFA Ryan O’Reilly and Michael Del Zotto.
Today, in 30 Thoughts, Friedman writes a bit more about the situation.
Friedman notes while he thought the two teams had discussed Derek Stepan, along with Del Zotto, that two sides HAVE NOT discussed Stepan at all.
Friedman says that Del Zotto is the exact kind of player that Colorado wants for O’Reilly and that the Avs first goal by a defenseman was scored yesterday.
He adds that he doesn’t know which defenseman the Rangers have interest in, but does say that the Rangers are believed to be searching for a right handed defenseman.
Colorado has four right handed defensemen, Tyson Barrie, Stefan Elliott, Ryan O’Byrne ($1.8 million) and Erik Johnson ($3.75 million for three more years) .
Barrie and Elliott are on entry-level contracts that have cap hits of $900K per season.