Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports reports that Derek Stepan was never a part of the Rangers/Avalanche trade discussions for Ryan O'Reilly.
Yesterday, Adrian Dater at the Denver Post said that the Avalanche were looking for Michael Del Zotto and either JT Miller or Chris Kreider in return for O'Reilly.
The Rangers were said to be looking for a defenseman in retun as well.
...we've definitely beaten the Stepan vs. O'Reilly debate like a dead horse, so I'm not going to go there. What we should be excited about is Stepan finally turning his game around. After going goalless in his first seven games this season, he's now scored three in the last seven, including two in his last three.
...i guess we can thank Rick Nash for that, but does it really matter?
Hags is finishing. That's the bottom line if he wasn't we wouldn't be saying Nash is a great playmaker (which he is) and we wouldn't be saying he opens up the ice (which he does). Hags is becoming the player we all wanted him to be and that's great for everyone. I love that line and I'm glad Step is staying. I think O'Reilly would come in rusty and get so beaten up in the media for loop play that he would probably take a long time if ever to get back to what he was.
@GLENsatherVSglennDANZIG And what was O'Reilly? Granted, I don't know much about him, but it looks like he had a pretty good year last year and that's it. I really just don't get all the hype over this kid. I would take Stepan over him in a heartbeat!
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Did my research and I do not like it. I have no problem trading Stepan (or even Del Z) but not for O'Reilly.
Linemates definitely make a difference. Before Nash joined the Rangers, I'd mostly seen him scoring goals on the highlight reels. I didn't know he was such a playmaker. And he does things that few others, if anybody, can even do, so I can see where it would take a little while for some of these guys to figure out how to skate with Nash. That said, Stepan, more than Hagelin, has seemed to be in a slump. I do hope he's finding his way out now.
@TheNYRBlog Also, find it hilarious that Denver is about 2 weeks behind on this. Plus, didn't NYR say MDZ is a no deal?
First of all, don't take this as a dis of Nash, but why are we thanking him for Stepan and Hagelin? To me, it seems that Hags finally started to skate and he's creating all kinds of havoc for other teams. Having Nash certainly doesn't hurt, but I'd credit Hagelin more for getting out of his slow start rather than Nash. Either way, that line is fun to watch!
@gravey94 -- and second of all?
@gravey94 I give Nash credit for opening up more ice for Hagelin to skate in, but obviously Hagelin has to be given credit for taking advantage of it.
@TheNYRBlog You forgot to mention his GW PP goal. Granted that was a team goal, but still need that player in position to finish.
@TheNYRBlog double edged sword. Feels threatened he may go if slumping, but trade value goes up when playing well..