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I'm sorry I gave that site a click-through.

No specific names.

But "big names" have come up.

Yeah, as in:

Chiarelli: "Hey, Stan, great playoffs. Congrats! Interested in moving Toews?"

Bowman: "Ha ha. Good one! And thanks. Have a great summer."

Chiarelli: "You too."



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The article itself says nothing but there's another article on the side that's pretty interesting.


Here's the article if you don't want to click the link:

After snagging a division title and the second-best record in the Western conference in 2012-13, the Colorado Avalanche fell back to earth in 2014-15, finishing 12th in the West and last in the Central division.

Following such a catastrophic fall, changes were certain to be coming – and the first order of business could involve trading talented centreman Ryan O’Reilly.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic is willing to listen to offers for O’Reilly, who’s entering the final year of a contract which will pay him $6.2 million next season, with a cap hit of $6 million.

The Avs won’t have trouble finding suitors for O’Reilly. At only 24 years old, he’s already established himself as a reliable scorer and one of the most responsible players in the league. The young centreman tallied 55 points (17 goals and a career-high 38 assists) last season, after posting a strong 28-goal, 64-point stat line the season prior. His ability to excel offensively without putting his club in penalty danger was on display in 2013-14 as O’Reilly netted his first Lady Byng Memorial Trophy.

O’Reilly’s performance at this summer’s 2015 IIHF World Championship further proved he can be an elite scorer if given the right talent to work with. He tied for seventh in tournament scoring with 11 points in 10 games, including by this highlight-reel shorthanded setup:

Per Sportsnet’s Mike Johnston, the Avalanche will seek help on the blue-line. However, with veteran wingers Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay (who finished first and third among Avalanche scorers) both over 35 years old, Colorado could also use a young winger or two to step into the lineup once the two veterans hang up the skates.

One possible trade partner could be the Vancouver Canucks.

After coming one victory away from a Stanley Cup in 2011, the Canucks have spiralled out of their former contender status. In the three seasons since their finals run, the club has missed the playoffs once and have been ousted in the first round three times.

Their fall this postseason exposed a glaring problem with Vancouver’s roster – age. Though the Canucks headed into their series against the Calgary Flames boasting a clear edge in experience, that edge quickly slipped away as the Flames’ used their youthful energy to outwork their opponent, defeating them in six games.

O’Reilly could easily raise the Canucks’ play in this department, as his games is one grounded in driving play forward through his own sheer will.

A lacklustre forecheck also contributed to Vancouver’s downfall against Calgary, as the Canucks were accused of sitting back too often while the Flames utilized their speed to pull ahead. Bringing O’Reilly aboard would surely remedy this problem.

Vancouver’s age problem will only worsen next season. The club’s top three scorers –Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin, and Radim Vrbata – are all 34 years old. Their defensive core is getting up in age as well, as Kevin Bieksa and Dan Hamhuis are both over 30, with Alex Edler right behind at 29. Vancouver will head into 2015-16 with only five forwards under the age of 25, none of whom have had a significant impact on the team’s success.

Contrast this with the two current Stanley Cup finalists – both of whom boast extremely successful young talent. For Chicago, there’s Brandon Saad, Teuvo Teravainen, Andrew Shaw, and their two unequivocal leaders, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. For Tampa Bay, there’s Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, and on and on.

Vancouver is in dire need of young talent if they hope to contend any time soon, and while they have some promising prospects coming up in Bo Horvat and Jake Virtanen, neither will be ready to make a meaningful impact until the team’s current offensive leaders are near the end of their careers.

Bringing in a proven young gun like O’Reilly, who’s already got six seasons of NHL experience under his belt, could be a game-changing move.

The centreman outscored all of Vancouver’s pivots last season, excluding Sedin, indicating he could slot in as a reliable second-line centre for the team. With Vrbata joining the Sedins on the first line, O’Reilly could be flanked by Alexandre Burrows andJannik Hansen – two reliable offensive wingers who could benefit from O’Reilly driving the play forward, and who could, in turn, allow him to regain his goal-scoring touch from 2012-13.

O’Reilly could bring another useful skill to Vancouver’s lineup. The Canucks finished as one of the worst teams in the league last season when it came to limiting their penalty minutes – finishing 25th in the league in total number of penalties (361), total penalty minutes (892), and penalties per game (10.9).

The young Avs’ centre could certainly improve the team’s mentality in this department. His Lady Byng win in 2014 came on the heels of a season that saw him rack up over 60 points while registering only two penalty minutes. O’Reilly’s astoundingly responsible play could be a key addition to Vancouver’s overall make-up, and could hopefully rub off on the rest of his teammates.

In terms of what could go back the other way in a possible deal, the Canucks have options.

With Edler and Tanev taking over top defensive pairing duties, Canucks GM Jim Benning could elect to move one of their veterans – Hamhuis or Bieksa – who could both be reliable options on Colorado’s blue-line. Such a move would also take $4 million off of Vancouver’s books (or $4.25 million in the case of Hamhuis), which would make room for O’Reilly’s $6 million cap hit. A package including hulking winger Zack Kassian or promising prospect Linden Vey (both under 25 years old) could be an option as well.

The Canucks also have their first-round draft pick to work with. They currently hold the 23rd-overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. It won’t be high enough to net O’Reilly on its own – and the Avs already hold the 10th-overall pick, so they won’t be looking for such a deal – but considering the depth of talent in this year’s draft, Colorado may be enticed if the 23rd pick is included in a notable package.

There’s currently no guarantees that O’Reilly will be moved, but with Sakic reportedly open to dealing him before the 2015 draft, a deal seems there for the making if Vancouver decides to take a run at the talented pivot.

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Didn't bother reading the first article but I read the 2nd one posted. It's not that great either. Lots of mistakes with his statistics and he calls burrows and hansen offensive wingers. Don't think the guy who wrote it knows any hung about the canucks.needs. we def don't need o rielly. Horvat needs to be the 2nd line c.

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Didn't bother reading the first article but I read the 2nd one posted. It's not that great either. Lots of mistakes with his statistics and he calls burrows and hansen offensive wingers. Don't think the guy who wrote it knows any hung about the canucks.needs. we def don't need o rielly. Horvat needs to be the 2nd line c.

Yeah I cringed a bit about calling Hansen an offensive winger but the thought isn't a bad one. I think a deal involving Hamhuis would make sense for both teams

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