NHL Rumors: Latest Buzz on Coyotes, Flyers and Avalanche

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 31:  General view of the center ice logo before the NHL game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on March 31, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The lockout-shortened 2013 NHL regular season is flying by, and teams are starting to see the glaring weaknesses that will likely keep their teams from reaching postseason glory.

That’s where the talks of trade rumors come in and take over the NHL community.

Not only are the rumors about trades heating up, the chaos surrounding the possible sale of the Phoenix Coyotes organization could have the future of hockey in Arizona very much in question.

It's a wild time in the NHL.


Colorado Looking to Move Ryan O'Reilly?

The Colorado Avalanche are in the midst of long-term contract negotiations with 21-year-old center Ryan O’Reilly, but if the team can’t reach an agreement with the young star, the franchise could be looking to make a move.

According to Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun, the Avalanche could be looking to trade the young forward before the deadline:

There has been no resolution with the contract dispute between Colorado F Ryan O'Reilly and Avalanche GM Greg Sherman. Since the two sides haven't been able to get anywhere, there are whispers the Avs have been offering O'Reilly, 21, who had 18 goals and 37 assists last season, around to see what they can get in return. The asking price is a young forward and a second-round pick.

While the asking price for O’Reilly will be extremely high, any team looking to add a left-handed center with a very bright future should be pushing to make a deal.

If Colorado were smart, though, it would do whatever it takes to re-sign the future star as soon as possible.


Coyotes Future in Phoenix Uncertain?

The Phoenix Coyotes franchise always tends to find itself in the middle of a battle to keep the team in Arizona, but the possible sale of the organization must go through by Thursday or the floodgates could open for a new owner to buy the team and move it elsewhere.

According to TheFourthPeriod.com, Greg Jamison and his group, Hockey Partners LLC, are cutting it extremely close with the purchase of the team:

Jamison has until end of day Thursday to finalize the purchase of the Coyotes from the NHL, or his current lease agreement with the City of Glendale will expire. Glendale has agreed to pay Jamison's group $320 million over a 20-year term, as part of its lease deal for Jobing.com Arena.

That deal will expire if the purchase of the Coyotes is not achieved by end-of-day tomorrow, and it's believed the city will not be willing to grant an extension or similar terms on another agreement.

Phoenix has been dealing with the issues with ownership since the NHL took over the team in 2009, and the organization is just looking for some stability.

For the sake of everyone in the Coyotes’ franchise, the NHL is hoping this deal gets done.


Philadelphia Flyers Looking to Make a Blockbuster Move

The Philadelphia Flyers have started the season playing inconsistent in every facet of the game, and look more like pretenders than serious Stanley Cup contenders through the early portion of the lockout-shortened schedule.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has never been shy about making a deal, and the lack of elite play from his team is setting the stage for a move.

According to Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun, Philadelphia is considering a huge deal that would add some life to the stagnant team:

“The word is the Flyers would like to make ‘a big move’ to shake up their struggling club. That has proved to be difficult in the current environment.”

With huge names like Jarome Iginla, Keith Yandle and Roberto Luongo possibly on the Flyers' radar and Philadelphia's bounty of young stars, the possibility that the struggling team could make a blockbuster deal is becoming more likely by the day.