Last week we discussed the possibility of Jarome Iginla coming east to the Garden State.This week, especially in light of Pete DeBoer's line mixups, perhaps we could foresee a new center in red, black and white?
If you follow Hockey Night in Canada's "Hotstove" as closely as I do, you're aware of the Ryan O'Reilly saga in Colorado.
O'Reilly's situation is a lot like P.K. Subban's was with Montreal. The player is unsigned but remains under the team's control for the foreseeable future. Subban ended up signing a two-year deal with Montreal, ending his holdout on Jan. 28.
Yet, the O'Reilly saga drags on, and it is getting ugly. The father of the recently turned 22-year-old forward just typed a letter to the Denver Post spelling out his son's demands and what he's going through.
So where do the Devils fall in all this? New Jersey's had trouble scoring -- it ranks 20th averaging 2.53 goals per game. Much like talked about with Iginla, O'Reilly could potentially give New Jersey a shot in the arm offensively.
Plus, if DeBoer is serious about Adam Henrique and Andrei Loktionov playing with Ilya Kovalchuk, the Devils are missing a center somewhere. O'Reilly, is a two-way center who can score -- think of a younger Jordan Staal. O'Reilly posted a career-high 55 points last season.
I'd bet that would even make Lou Lamoriello's eyes light up.
Plus, Rich Chere reported Monday that it's a possibility.
What's the problem? Well, 22-year old top-2 centers with upside don't come cheap. If you believe the rumors, Colorado's asking for somewhere between a team's first-born son or one arm and a leg for O'Reilly.
New Jersey is down to its No. 1 draft pick this year having already traded both its fifth- and seventh-round picks to get Loktionov and Alex Ponikarovsky, respectively. The Devils still must forfeit a No. 1 thanks to Kovalchuk's "CBA-circumventing" deal either this year or next, so trading a No. 1 to get O'Reilly's rights would leave the Devils without a No. 1 for two straight years.
Plus, a player? If Colorado would take Henrik Tallinder, good riddance. But I doubt the Avs would do that. In all likelihood, it'd have to be a Mattias Tedenby-type, a top-6 defenseman and a draft pick.
But I'll leave it to you. Should New Jersey try to get in on Ryan O'Reilly?
Pat Pickens is a New Jersey native and lifelong Devils fan. Follow him on Twitter here.