I wasn't implying that you'd trade them straight up. I was implying that O'Reilly is the kind of guy I'd want back if I was sending Larkin in a trade. As far as the other stuff...I don't care about his cap hit (we've got money), its always easier to re-sign a guy if you're a good team (Colorado), and players that good always make you better. Comparing him to Helm is laughable. You said you haven't seen him much, you should. He's a really good hockey player.
I just compared their offensive outputs this year because they're similar and that Helms spot is who's he'd play in if we we're to trade for him. And you said he works hard, and is relentless and solid defensively. All things Helm is. So I was under the impression he's a more offensivle gifted Darren Helm. Which yeah, I'd love to have. I've also read several reports on the guy that say he's a 2-, 3+ line player. Which puts him slightly better than Helm. If it's that laughable, I apologize, I'll try to catch some games.
As far as money, Nyquist, Smith and Jurco all need raises and if we can add a top defenseman, we actually might be closer to the cap than a lot of people think.
And trading a top prospect + for a position we don't really need to upgrade seems pointless to me.