According to Adrian Dater at the Denver Post, Rangers scouts were in attendance at the Avalanche/Sabres game in Buffalo last night.
…Stepan for O'Reilly (3g, 3a)? lol
…despite the need for some kind of shake-up, I'm not so sure it's at the trade level just yet. I'd first rather see AV send a message by sitting Girardi. If that doesn't work then you start replacing unproductive players (Zucc, Pouliot, Pyatt & Brassard) with youngsters such as Kreider, Kristo, Lindberg and Mashinter. And then finally, if all else fails, a trade would need to be made. And I don't mean any trade. I need to see an Avery-like trade that shakes up the locker room and on ice demeanor. Since the Rangers scouts were at the Sabres game, the one guy on my mind is Steve Ott.
H/T to reader Brad C.
Meanwhile, Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that the Rangers are looking for a top-six forward and the club is trying to deal Chris Kreider.
…as always, take Garrioch's rumors with a grain of salt, but this wouldn't shock me at all. When Darroll Powe gets called-up over Kreider you know he's fallen out of favor with the organization.
…having said that, I think it would be a huge mistake moving him right now. The kid has unlimited potential and should be given additional time in Hartford to develop his game. Nothing worse than giving up on that kind of talent and seeing him flourish somewhere else.
…the decision to make a trade for a top six forward will likely be connected to the health of Nash.
Garrioch adds that the Rangers could go after Thomas Vanek next off-season if they buyout Brad Richards.