On TSN, the panel was asked which team they thought Colorado holdout Ryan O’Reilly could be traded.
Aaron Ward picked the Rangers and said “It will be interesting to see what role the cap plays for the NY Rangers since they still need to sign Stepan, Hagelin and McDonagh. He would be a great second line center and compliment to Nash. It may involve a more elaborate deal both ways with more players.”
Darren Pang says that he would be perfect for Toronto and Bob McKenzie said that Ottawa has the assets to make a deal.
Darren Dreger said last night that Colorado was asking for a roster player and a top prospect.
O”Reilly is an RFA and Colorado has offered him the same deal that they signed Matt Duchene to, 2 years and $3.5 million per season. They have also offered him a five-year deal worth $17 million.
O’Reilly reportedly wants to be paid based on his production last season of 18 goals and 37 assists.
He is 22, 6 ft and 200lbs, and has played 236 career games with 39 goals and 68 assists.
Adam Rotter: One thing that the Rangers don’t do, with the exception of Marc Staal, is offer players coming off entry-level deals more than two years. Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anismov and Michael Del Zotto all got two years.
Those are home grown players who had big roles when their contracts expired. It would set a bad precedent for the Rangers to trade for a guy like O’Reilly, who they don’t know, and reward him with a deal of more than two years when they don’t’t do it for their own players.