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Avs, Ryan O’Reilly to resume negotiating in a “week or two”

Aug 1, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

Antti Niemi, Ryan O'Reilly AP

The Colorado Avalanche went into this summer with a ton of free agent questions to answer and solved almost all of those riddles.

Still, there’s one rather important restricted free agent to re-sign: Ryan O’Reilly. Adrian Dater reports that the Avs and O’Reilly’s agent are expected to resume contract talks “in a week or two.”

Earlier this offseason, Dater wondered if Matt Duchene‘s negotiations were halting talks between the two sides. That problem is long gone, though.

The big question might just be: how much is O’Reilly really worth? He exploded last season with 18 goals and 55 points, crushing the 26 points he compiled in each of his first two campaigns.

It’s not just his output that’s drawing rave reviews, though. Dater spoke of his creativity while Mike Chambers praised his work ethic:

While his teammates are headed to lunch or a post-game meal, O’Reilly is typically playing on-ice games by himself, running the arena stairs or throwing around a medicine ball. He is the epitome of a hard-working professional athlete who really cares.

Perhaps the two sides will determine how much his hard work is worth in a couple weeks, then.

  1. tru2joelu4eva - Aug 1, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    as an avs fan, i really hope they lock him up long term. he is just as crucial as any other member of the team, in my opinion. i don’t believe that his numbers were a fluke, mostly because of his well-known reputation for having a tremendous work ethic.

  2. monsterhockey - Aug 1, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    It would be a shame if they don’t work this out . Dedication and hard work will only make his numbers better.

  3. polegojim - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    James – not trying to be picky… true the Avs were busy during the summer and filled spots…. but I haven’t seen anything that would lead us to have confidence that they ‘solved any riddles’.

    They don’t have a top line that even remotely equals top league talent.

    They’re still basically skating what equates to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 4th line talent… and did a great job of overpaying several of those.

    Last year, Greg Sherman (GM) taunted the public by saying his critics would be surprised and silenced by the Avs production and assuring everyone he knew what he was doing. Well, we definitely weren’t surprised or silenced. They produced precisely as anticipated by critics – poorly… average at best, but at times, even horribly.

    At one time, I had great respect for the Avs org… now… not so much.

    • polegojim - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

      It’s not my intent to be a jerk folks… my position is very sadly factual.

  4. polegojim - Aug 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Let the FACTS speak: Yep – that’s SOME direction you got going there Mr. Sherman. Lastly – somebody should get a recent quote from Adrian Dater…

    July 8, 2011 – PHT – Reitz/Sherman – “I’m very confident in my abilities to do the job I have to do,… we believe what we’ve done in the last couple of weeks, culminating with last Friday, has upgraded this hockey club. We’ve addressed the areas that were a priority for us and we believe we have put ourselves in position to continually grow this team together and get us back to where we rightfully belong.”

    Nov 24, 2011 – PHT – Yerdon – It might be time to blow up the Avalanche. Does that mean it’s time to fire Joe Sacco and hope that a new coach can change things around? That might be the quick fix to make to try and get things turned around. Sacco’s job has been on the hot seat in seasons past but after seeing the Avs be one of the NHL’s worst teams two of the last three seasons, perhaps this is the right move to make.

    Dec 22, 2011 – PHT – Stan Kronke – Kroenke addressed complaints that he and ownership are cheap and don’t care about the Avalanche — but also owned up to making mistakes in rebuilding the team. “I don’t want to say it so bluntly that it offends the fans. But they got spoiled the first few years the Avalanche were in town,” Kroenke said. “We won two Stanley Cups during the first five or six years we were here in Denver. Then we had stars retire and we came into a new system of doing business in the league. “Could management have done a better job transitioning into the new system? I think that’s fair to say.” General manager Greg Sherman orchestrated three bizarre transactions — trading Craig Anderson for Brian Elliot and letting Elliott walk; giving up two young talents (Chris Stewart, Kevin Shattenkirk) for one (Erik Johnson), sending a first-round pick to Washington in exchange for unproven goalie Semyon Varlamov

    Feb 23, 2012 – PHT – Quincy – “There’s a lot of guys whose bags are packed outside their door [in Colorado],” But will the Avs actually end up sellers at the deadline? They’re only two points behind eighth-place Los Angeles in the Western Conference, and… they just traded away arguably their best defenseman.

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