Canadiens, Canucks and Hurricanes linked to O'Reilly

June 11, 2018 - 5:04 pm

Kyle Powell reporting


As the rumors continue to grow around veteran forward Ryan O'Reilly, so slowly does the list of potential suitors.  Since locker cleanout day, O'Reilly's future with the Buffalo Sabres has been in jeopardy.  There have been people who have emerged and risen to his defense, and others who condemned him for saying he "lost his love" for a sport he gets to play professionally for millions upon millions of dollars.

No matter which side you fall on, the fact has not changed that the speculation and buzz around O'Reilly's future in Western New York is becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.

Various accounts and sources have commented and confirmed rumors about potential trade partners for Buffalo in the last two weeks.  Insiders from TSN, Sportsnet, and most recently, TVA Sports have all spoken on behalf of the Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens, and the Carolina Hurricanes and their interest in the veteran centerman. 

TVA Sports' Renaud Lavoie joined Howard and Jeremy Monday morning.  Not only did Lavoie express that Montreal was interested in acquiring O'Reilly, they would also be willing to eat some of his salary to make it happen.

As for Carolina, there have been many speculations that the two franchises could work out a "1-for-1" type-swap, centered around O'Reilly and 'Canes Jeff Skinner, or one of their defenseman (Justin Falk, Noah Hanifin, Jaccob Slavin).

Lavoie also briefly touched on Vancouver's interest to this point in the NHL offseason,  but not many specifics were discussed quite yet aside from the fact that the Canucks, much like the Canadiens, would be willing to cover some future salary on behalf of Buffalo and O'Reilly.

O'Reilly is a coveted commodity in the industry because he plays such crucial minutes, including both sides of special teams.  Lavoie went on to say this morning that teams are "always looking for centers. That's what the Sabres are counting on."


We're two weeks and a day away from the three-year anniversary of O'Reilly's arrival to Buffalo: June 26, 2015.  One may wonder if he is still around to look back on that day.  Time shall tell as the offseason plods along.

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