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A frequent sight at Avalanche games of late: at least one scout from the New York Rangers.

The last several games involving the Avs have had scouts from the Blueshirts in the press box, including today’s game with the Detroit Red Wings. Are the Rangers really that concerned about that March 11 game at the Pepsi Center against the Avs?

Yeah, no, I don’t think so. I think the much higher likelihood is that the Rangers want to get a good, firsthand look at Avs players and prospects prior to the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline. The Rangers still have faint hopes for a playoff spot, but they’d better get real hot real fast if they want to consider themselves a buyer at the deadline. Otherwise, there is likely to be a selloff, and forward Chris Kreider continues to be the most rumored player to possibly be on the block.

I’ve written previously what I think of Kreider as a player. I’ve also written previously that I don’t love rental trades where you give up either a first-round pick and/or young, talented prospects. But this might be a year where I would sign off on dealing their first-round pick for a guy like a Kreider. He’s a very good player, with good playoff experience too.

Keep in mind: the Avs don’t own their second-round pick this year. That went to Washington in the Andre Burakovsky deal.

I know the name of the scout the Rangers have had here lately, but I don’t like to out them publicly. Safe to say, though, that there is a possibility of a deal involving the Rangers within the next 34 days. Then again, nothing might happen.

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dp10

Where would he even fit in? We already have 6 forwards on the team who are at .64 pts/game or higher. In other words our top two lines are fully loaded, not to mention the depth on our third and fourth lines especially in case we get hit with an injury here or there.

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Rich

I just don’t see a need to acquire him by sacrificing a 1st rd pick or top tier prospect?

Joel Stefaniak

Big-game hunting doesn’t feel right for this team. If Sakic can strike a deal with term then it makes sense but otherwise hard pass. The Kadri / Barrie trade feels even more lopsided now. It’s not like he wanted out of Toronto the same way Statsny, O’Reilly or Duchene did.

dp10

Lopsided in which way? It’s true Barrie really struggled at first, but his production has picked up big time. He will end up with 40 to 50 pts on the season, meaning both teams will get out of the trade what they expected.

ghost

Anyone who can help AVS bring the cup now should be considered.

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