Rangers and Avs talking trade for OReilly

As mentioned on Hotstove Tonight, Colorado began the process of approaching teams it considers possible trade partners. One was definitely the New York Rangers. I had originally thought the deal involved Michael del Zotto and Derek Stepan for O’Reilly and another defenceman. However, it was strongly denied that Stepan was ever discussed, so I think I was wrong. The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater has reported the Avalanche are not as interested in getting a centre back.

Even so, del Zotto is exactly the kind of player Colorado would want. Tyson Barrie’s goal on Monday against the Nashville Predators was the first by an Avalanche blue-liner this season. I’ve been asked what defenceman the Rangers liked, but don’t have a definite answer. Earlier this season, I’d heard New York was looking for a right-handed shot. However, del Zotto is a lefty.

I would not be surprised if Colorado approached the Florida Panthers, too.