Avalanche's search for left-handed defenseman could spark O'Reilly trade
The Colorado Avalanche have set a clear goal for the summer.
While general manager Joe Sakic said recently he would like to get Ryan O'Reilly signed to a long-term deal, Terry Frei of the Denver Post suggests the center could be used as a trade chip to fill that need on the blue line:
A trade of Ryan O'Reilly also could land a defenseman. It's universally recognized that he's a terrific two-way player. The question continues to be whether that is sufficiently coveted - especially given his salary benchmarks and his camp's past negotiating militancy in a hard-cap league - for him to be the major element in a deal that brings a difference-making defenseman to Colorado.
O'Reilly has one year and $6 million remaining on his contract before he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
The failure to lure a player on the open market, coupled with an inability to agree to terms with O'Reilly, could very well precipitate a deal.
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