TSN 1260 was spitballing today about possible trades for Ryan O’Reilly from the Colorado Avalanche. Of course, O’Reilly is headed to salary arbitration, as his contract talks continue to be strained with the Avs. The Edmonton Journal, fellow Fansided site Mile High Sticking and other media sources have made trade speculation regarding the young center and naturally, pundits and fans have the Oilers selling the farm to get the goat with the tastiest milk.
Readers, let me be a voice of reason in the midst of the trade chatter. The deal the Avs will be offering to retain him will be expensive. He will likely only sign for one or two years and it should fall in the 6 million dollar ramge. Sure, the Oilers could trade for him, but what is a reasonable cost? He will be an unrestricted free agent once his arbitration contract expires. Barring a deep playoff run by the Oilers, he’s in a contending city fast as you can blink.
Today, the radio personalities at TSN 1260 were talking about a trade that would see Nail Yakupov, Jeff Petry and Martin Marincin go to Colorado for O’Reilly. First that is insane. Yakupov is an infant in his pro career. Petry is on a one year deal with a ton to prove, while Marincin is one of their best young defensemen. I understand you need to make sacrifices to get the pieces you need, but that isn’t smart, especially when O’Reilly is so close to being a UFA.
I would be in favour of trading Petry, Matt Hendricks and next year’s 2nd round pick. Would it be enough? Probably not. But, I could wake up in the morning and not be sick to my stomach that Yakupov is playing with Nathan Mackinnon and Gabriel Landeskog.
Patience is needed. Centers like Derek Roy and Peter Mueller are still available and may be decent stop gaps until this situation gets some certainty. I’d favour that over a silly, knee jerk trade made out of season ticket holder desperation.