Thread: Value of: Ryan O'Reilly
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01-08-2013, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by CobraAcesS View Post
Those guys would be my first choice as well, but I don't see either of those teams parting with a center as well in the package. Which we would need coming back ideally.

Bozak's connection to Denver gives him a fairly high probability of resigning, and he has some experience playing in a top 6 role when needed.

I could possibly see us trading O'Reilly for Yandle/Kulikov and then just gutting it out and going after one of the 2nd or 3rd line centers that hits the UFA market. That also goes against what the team (Sakic) has been saying about expecting the team to take the next step.

Although even if we made the playoffs we probably wouldn't go far without a legit 3rd line center, but personally I think Colorado needs at least one more top 15 1st round pick. So basically the team would be accepting the fact that there would be almost no chance of competing with a trade like that.

Bozak and Zajac could both possibly hit the UFA market though, and without making the playoffs we would at least be in the lottery for the first overall pick.

To me Bozak is just a non- factor in any trade. Is he nice to have? Probably but to a certain extent you can always get depth.Especially when you have a crapload of money to spend.
Also we may already have a solid 3rd line Center in Malone, Sgarbossa (should play top 6 though) or god help us Hishon. Stazz would have to move into the more defensive role but I am sure he is capable of that if necessary. He already played with 3rd liners for the majority of the last 2 years so it would not make a big difference
We let Jay McClement go to the Leafs and I like him way more as 3rd line center than Bozak who puts up a few more points but is also going to be way more expensive.
You can always sign him or a similar player as an UFA.

And Gardiner for ROR is just a No-Go. We can't afford to trade our young proven talent for young less proven talent.
Recipe for failure.

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