Thought I make a thread to discuss this. Anyone surprised the Canucks may be interested? Of course not. Heck, John Weisbrod was part of the management group that tried to acquire him in Calgary. Ryan O'Reilly is 27 years old. He has 5 years left at $7.5M AAV. No NTC or NMC but buyout proof. To me, there's no question that he is a very good player. He's basically the less offensively productive version of the C we all hope Horvat will become. I have some concerns about the comments he made recently. On the one hand, I like a player who wants to win, on the other hand, I'm not sure I like a player who can lose his love for the game when things get tough. The Canucks have not had the losing mindset over the past few years despite all the losing, but then again, the Sedins were here. The Sedins will not be here next year and there may not be someone to pick up the slack. Is he worth $7.5M AAV? It's not a great deal, but it's actually not a bad deal for a 20+ goal 60+ point C who can win faceoffs and play as well defensively as he has. Of course, his past history of playing 70+ games is almost a meaningless predictor of how many games he would average as a Canuck. What about fit? The plan seems to be to start Pettersson on the wing, so there's no immediate issue and to me, I think having too many top 6 C is a good problem and not a bad one. O'Reilly has also played left wing in the past and doesn't seem to mind it. To me, it comes down to the acquisition cost. Like Hanifin, I don't see the Canucks having the assets that we want the Canucks to get a deal done. But unlike Hanifin, there's no conceivable way the 7th overall pick should be involved. Tanev's name has been thrown out there. O'Reilly and a 2nd for Tanev I would do the deal. One for one? It's tough even with salary retained. But I can't say it's not a fair deal. What about Sutter +? I would make the deal if it's Sutter + 2nd or Gadjovich level prospect, although the Canucks wouldn't have a right handed C to take those defensive draws alongside Horvat. Why would Buffalo make this deal? They get rid of O'Reilly's contract and they have Mittelstadt who can fill in as 2nd line C. And their GM was there when the Penguins traded for and traded away Sutter. Anyways, the Canucks probably end up doing nothing at the draft other than selecting a good player at #7.