Latest on the Senators, Wild and Islanders, plus updates on Ryan O’Reilly.
CBC.CA: During Saturday’s “Hotstove” intermission segment,Elliotte Friedman said Senators GM Bryan Murray would consider moving a late round pick if it could land a decent defenseman (comparable to what the Kings gave up to Florida for Keaton Ellerby). PJ Stock suggested the Senators should consider shopping captain Daniel Alfredsson if they are giving up on this season and building for next…Friedman also said it’s believed the Colorado Avalanche and NY Rangers held discussions regarding a trade of Avs holdout center Ryan O’Reilly. He claimed they talks around O’Reilly and one of the Avs defensemen going to the Rangers for a package return which might have included defenseman Michael Del Zotto, but as the Avs asked for more and more, the Rangers backed off for now. Glenn Healy claimed the Avs want “a king’s ransom” of two players, a pick and a prospect, which they won’t get, suggesting the possibility O’Reilly might get an unmatchable offer sheet.
DENVER POST’s Adrian Dater reported via Twitter “Avs do not want another center for O’Reilly. Want an offensive D-man or proven forward/plus pick.” He also tweeted “Please stop with the Toronto rumors. Avs not interested in guys like Bozak”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I could certainly see Murray be willing to shop a fourth round pick for a depth defenseman. He’s not shopping Alfredsson. We heard this stuff two years ago when Murray was blowing up the roster and rebuilding, yet nothing came of it. Unless “Alfie” requests a trade, he won’t be dealt…For those keeping score, the Avalanche either want (1) a player and a prospect, (2) a pick and a prospect, (3)a player and a pick, or (4) two players, a prospect and a draft pick for O’Reilly. Larry Brooks of the NY Post confirmed last week the Rangers had inquired about O’Reilly but aren’t considered likely to make a pitch for him. That might change, however, if the Avs reduce their asking price…As for the Leafs, if they want O’Reilly, they could offer up young d-man Jake Gardiner as part of the return. He might interest the Avs, but I wonder if GM Dave Nonis would move him?
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports the Islanders have held preliminary contract talks with pending UFA defenseman Mark Streit, who would welcome staying with the Isles. Staple suggests it depends on how the club performs over the next four weeks. If they’re out of the playoff race by then, Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky could be shopped near the trade deadline. Staple also reported the Islanders are shopping center Marty Reasoner, but his recent struggles suggest there might not be many takers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE:I’m not surprised the Isles want to re-sign him, or that he wants to stay. I’ve said for some time a Streit trade wasn’t a certainty. If the Islanders are in playoff contention by the deadline, Streit will stay put, as well Visnovsky.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray has talked to a few teams since Erik Karlsson suffered a season-ending injury, but hasn’t heard anything worthwhile yet. Murray isn’t about to part with any of his young players for a short-term fix.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo recently reported Penguins GM Ray Shero recently scouted the Minnesota Wild. The Pens are shopping for a top-six winger and might have interest in Pierre-Marc Bouchard or Devin Setoguchi.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the two, Setoguchi might be the better option, as he’s younger and doesn’t have Bouchard’s lengthy injury history. Bouchard’s a UFA this summer, but Setoguchi has only one year left on his contract, which wouldn’t conflict with their efforts to re-sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang next year. For now, however, we don’t know if the Pens are seriously interested in either guy. Shero could be patient and await better options elsewhere in the coming weeks.