NHL Trade Rumors: Projecting Best Landing Spots for Avalanche's Ryan O'Reilly
Ryan O'Reilly seems ready for a fresh start on a team other than the Colorado Avalanche.
The restricted free agent had been negotiating with the organization, but it appears that the two sides will not come to an agreement, according to Adrian Dater of The Denver Post:
O'Reilly's days as an Av have been over for a while now. He will not be back— adater (@adater) February 13, 2013
TSN's Darren Dreger reports that the team has already started looking to trade the center:
As we discussed in Insider Trading initial trade talk has Colorado requesting a roster player and top prospect for O'Reilly. #TSN— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 13, 2013
This seems like a fair deal for the 22-year-old player. He totaled 55 points last season and plays great defense as well.
For teams looking to upgrade their center position, O'Reilly should be priority No. 1.
The Calgary Flames have had trouble finding consistency at any position this season, but center is probably the weakest at the moment.
Matt Stajan has not been much of an offensive threat in his career and the rest of the lineup is filled with players too young to make an impact.
To make matters worse, center Mikael Backlund was placed on injured reserved after spraining his MCL, according to Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald.
After 10 games, the squad is currently tied with three other teams for the fewest points in the NHL.
The Flames need to upgrade the front line by adding a player of O'Reilly's caliber.
Like Calgary, Ottawa has dealt with a major injury early on this season.
The team's point leader from last season, Jason Spezza, will likely be out for most of the year after undergoing back surgery last week.
This leaves the Senators with a lack of depth up the middle.
Fortunately, Ottawa has played very well this season and remains in good position for the postseason. However, it is unknown how long that will last—especially if another injury occurs.
Adding a player like O'Reilly would be go a long way toward keeping the Sens afloat.
Last season proved once again what can happen when a team with a great goalie gets hot in the playoffs. The Los Angeles Kings rode Jonathan Quick and their defense to a Stanley Cup title.
This year, Nashville has allowed the second-fewest goals per game at 1.77. Pekka Rinne has been outstanding, and even Chris Mason has played well in his appearances.
However, the lack of offensive production is also a concern. The Predators are dead last in the NHL in goals scored per game and the squad does not have any elite scorers.
Colin Wilson has played well early on and has a lot of potential, but the other lines do not produce much at all.
With O'Reilly, Nashville would be a dangerous team in the postseason.
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