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.