We’ve moved past the quarter-mark of the 2013 season and Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly is still refusing to sign a contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Patience is wearing thin in Denver and the trade rumors have already begun to swirl, with several teams supposedly in the mix including the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Sabres, Senators, and Rangers.
Strange: The Avalanche haven't told GMs what the price is for Ryan O'Reilly. They're saying: Make an offer. Most GMs are puzzled by this.— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) February 19, 2013
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Trade for him and then offer him what he deserves, the same deal Turris got. Then O'Reilly will be a Senator holdout.
If the cost is a roster player, the Senators aren't in a bad position. (Okay, yes, they're in a bad position.) Roughly half their roster is from their AHL squad at the moment due to injury, after all. The better question, though, is which roster player. Which as much offensive talent as they already have on the Injured Reserve, it's not as though they can afford to part with one of the few NHL-proven pieces they have left, unless it's pretty clearly a move in their favor, and Colorado's asking price (I use that term loosely) doesn't seem to indicate that that would happen. Then again, I suppose they could just be waiting for the first team to come along with a semi-realistic offer in the nature of which pick they're willing to offer, rather than the immediate player in the deal, and while I don't particularly follow the whole draft picks thing, I don't recall the Sens getting Stevensed recently.
@miendiem It's as if Colorado feels they've been ripped off in a recent trade (wonder who that could have been with) and now they're playing super conservatively and asking for a fortune to avoid a repeat scenario.
@David Rogers If I were them, I'd be careful of becoming the next Columbus instead. Dealing a guy who wanted to be dealt, and end up getting a low return after initially asking for the moon.