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02-28-2013, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by shadow1 View Post
Given the Avalanche's recent history of going after young NHLers as opposed to prospects, as well as pressure on management to put a quality product on the ice (and probably show they "won" the trade), I will be very, very surprised if the main piece of any potential Ryan O'Reilly trade isn't immediate help.
This is a good point. Not the immediate help part, because Johnson, Varlamov, McGinn, and Downie weren't immediate help trades, but when was the last time the Avs traded for a highly ranked prospect? Ever? If O'Reilly is going, I doubt the "best piece" in the trade is younger than 22 years old.

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