Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 11/14/14

KANATA, ON - OCTOBER 02: Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers concentrates on the puck before a faceoff during a game against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on October 2, 2010 in Kanata, Ontario, Canada. The Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Rangers 8-5. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)
Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports reports that Derek Stepan was never a part of the Rangers/Avalanche trade discussions for Ryan O'Reilly. Yesterday, Adrian Dater at the Denver Post said that the Avalanche were looking for Michael Del Zotto and either JT Miller or Chris Kreider in return for O'Reilly. The Rangers were said to be looking for a defenseman in retun as well. ...we've definitely beaten the Stepan vs. O'Reilly debate like a dead horse, so I'm not going to go there. What we should be excited about is Stepan finally turning his game around. After going goalless in his first seven games this season, he's now scored three in the last seven, including two in his last three. ...i guess we can thank Rick Nash for that, but does it really matter? Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.
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