Esteemed Ottawa Sun NHL columnist Bruce Garrioch has the Avalanche in his Sunday piece, saying Avs GM Joe Sakic is "scouring" the market looking for a defenseman, and that the Rangers' Michael Del Zotto may be in his sights. But, Garrioch reports, the Rangers are said to want a top-4 D-man in return and, well, that isn't something the Avs have to offer in return. Of course, such a deal wouldn't make sense. If the Avs are looking for top-4 help on D, they can't be giving up a top-4 D in return. But maybe Super Joe can convince the Rangers to take a forward instead (Jamie McGinn?).
I can verify that the Avs are looking around for a D-man, but I don't think Del Zotto is going to be the guy.
Garrioch's full column here: http://www.ottawasun.com/2013/12/15/edmonton-oilers-engaging-in-trade-talk-with-carolina-hurricanes-about-goaltending-help