Updates on Ryan O’Reilly and Stephen Weiss, plus the latest Bruins speculation.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports sources claim Senators GM Bryan Murray has held talks with Colorado Avalanche GM Greg Sherman about Avalanche holdout center Ryan O’Reilly, but it appears the asking price is quite high (a roster player who can help the club right now, plus a prospect and a draft pick). Garrioch claims the Maple Leafs, Bruins, Penguins and Rangers have also held talks with the Avs about O’Reilly.
RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoie reports there’s been no communication between Avs management and O’Reilly’s agent (Mark Guy) for two weeks. Lavoie also reports the rumored asking price for the 22-year-old center is a young, established player, a first or second round pick and prospect. He claims the Flyers are among those interested clubs, but the Avalanche evidently want center Sean Couturier as part of the return. Lavoie believes O’Reilly could have the pressure of playing in Montreal, but it doesn’t mean Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin could go in that direction.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not surprised by Murray doing due diligence and calling about O’Reilly, but I doubt he’ll deal for him. Murray seeks affordable, short-term replacements for sidelined stars Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, not an expensive (both in return and salary) pickup like O’Reilly. That asking price from the Flyers reported by Lavoie runs counter to a recent comment by the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater, claiming the Avs aren’t seeking an offensive center in return for O’Reilly. I would be very surprised if the Canadiens tried to land O’Reilly, especially given their limited cap space for next season. Given how well the Habs are playing so far, there’s no need for Bergevin to make that move.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reports Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss said his recent slump had nothing to do with his name appearing in trade rumors or his impending free agency.”I have a no-move clause anyway, so I can’t get traded without the team coming to me first if they wanted to do that. But that definitely doesn’t bother me”, said Weiss. Panthers GM Dale Tallon maintains he’s not shopping Weiss and intends to re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately for Weiss and Tallon, this won’t keep the center’s name out of the rumor mill. The only way to silence the chatter is for the Panthers to re-sign him before the trade deadline, and so far, there’s no indication that’s going to happen anytime soon.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Bruins biggest need remains a left winger on their third line, suggesting they target Dallas Stars winger (and former Bruin) Michael Ryder if the Stars fall out of playoff contention. He believes the Bruins would have to “put draft picks in play” to land a winger like Ryder.