The Sabers hope to sign one goalie prospect and may have to trade the other
They wanted to sign goaltending prospect Eric Portillo this past offseason but couldn’t work out a deal. Portillo can elect to become a UFA if not signed by mid-August. If they can’t sign him, they have to trade him.
The Maple Leafs must be interested Ryan O’Reilly?
Jeremy Rutherford and The Athletic’s Jonas Siegel: St. Louis Blues forward Ryan O’Reilly is out with a foot injury. He and Vladimir Tarasenko The St. Louis Blues trade chips for two by the March 3rd deadline
Pierre LeBrun listed the Toronto Maple Leafs as a team that should trade for O’Reilly.
Siegel if the Maple Leafs really need another top-two center Auston Matthews And John Tavares In between, “If you add a player of O’Reilly’s caliber, a former Selke and Conn Smythe Trophy winner (and Stanley Cup champ), you find a way to make him fit.”
An alternative would be to move Tavares to the left wing. Letting O’Reilly take the defensive role and giving it to Tavares Mitch Marner Focus more on crime. Will Tavares be okay with this?
The other option is to play O’Reilly on the third line and hit center David Kampf In the fourth line. This option won’t really solve the second-line left-wing problem.
A third option is to center Tavares on the second line and place O’Reilly on the left.
A scout on what the Blues could ask the Maple Leafs in exchange for O’Reilly, a first-round pick and either Matthew Nice or Fraser Minten. Can’t see Maple Leafs with Knies. First? Yes.
Siegel can’t see the Leafs trading Knies for a rental. A first, third and a young player like the Panthers paid the price Claude Giroux A can be comparable.
O’Reilly may not be a good fit for the Leafs, but they should consider it.