NHL Rumors: Daniel Alfredsson, Ryan O'Reilly and Latest Rink Buzz

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2013

Feb 16, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Ottawa Senators right wing Daniel Alfredsson (11) during their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Senators 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

An abbreviated NHL season means that teams are more willing to trade slow starters, and this year is no exception. Patience wears thin when every game counts, so GMs are quick to pull the trigger on a deal if it could mean an instant hot streak.

A deal featuring future Hall-of-Famer Daniel Alfredsson could be on the horizon, but only if the Ottawa Senators hit a cold streak. The man is still a fine producer at age 40, so a great deal of interested teams are sure to lineup.

In Colorado, trade speculation abounds on a certain blueliner, but nothing is definite yet. However, the Ryan O'Reilly saga is continuing, and not for the better.

There's some good rumors to cover, so strap on your pads and hit the ice for the latest dish!


Shane O'Brien on the Block?

The defense of the Colorado Avalanche is starting to take shape, but it doesn't look like Shane O'Brien will be part of it. The veteran blueliner has only tallied one assist in six games this season and cannot seem to crack head coach Joe Sacco's starting lineup.

According to Adrien Dater of the Denver Post, O'Brien could be on the trading block as there is simply no spot for him in Colorado anymore. Finding a buyer is definitely going to be tough, especially since the 29-year-old has only tallied 21 total points since joining the Avalanche on a one-year deal last season.

The man is now playing on a three-year contract worth $6 million, so finding a team willing to take that on is easier said than done. All that Colorado GM Greg Sherman can really hope for is that a team is attracted to O'Brien's overall potential and his 6'3", 230-pound frame, or just be forced to take a Mulligan on the deal and let the defenseman ride it out in the AHL.


Ryan O'Reilly's Father Complicates Situation

Another day gone, another day that Ryan O'Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche have not agreed to a new contract. A good number of teams are interested in the young center's services, but now some may be gun-shy about making a deal.

In an email to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, O'Reilly's father blasted the way that the Avalanche have handled the contract dispute and that the team wasn't valuing his son based on "character" like they should be.

It may not seem so obvious now, but this is going to scare a lot of teams away. It now looks like dealing with Ryan O'Reilly also means dealing with his father, and no team wants to have that type of headache. It's going to be interesting to see how this situation plays out, and whether or not it affects O'Reilly's overall value.


Senators Shopping Daniel Alfredsson?

Even at 40 years old, Daniel Alfredsson can still compete. He has notched four goals and seven assists for 11 points this season. He is a surefire Hall of Famer with 420 career goals and 1,093 points.

The man has spent his entire career with the Ottawa Senators, but that could change if the team falls out of the playoff race this season. According to Bruce Marrioch of the Ottawa Sun, both the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins would target Alfredsson if that situation were to arise.

Granted, the Senators are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference with 22 points—five points ahead of the No. 9 Tampa Bay Lightning, so no deal involving Alfredsson appears imminent.

However, the fact that Ottawa GM Bryan Murray is even considering such a move is shocking. Alfredsson is a Senators staple, so why not allow him the pleasure and privilege of finishing his career with the team?

If Alfredsson was indeed traded, the reasoning would be simple. Ottawa needs to get younger and faster, and that means dumping an aging veteran in the team's captain.