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‘It’s gotten ugly,’ says Avs player on O’Reilly contract disupte

Feb 13, 2013, 5:37 PM EDT

Ryan O'Reilly

Colorado players are starting to appear resigned to the fact Ryan O’Reilly has worn an Avalanche jersey for the last time.

O’Reilly — a 22-year-old restricted free agent forward that scored a team high 55 points last season — is currently mired in a contract dispute with the Avs.

Lately, it seems more and more likely the end result of the dispute will be a trade.

This morning, Colorado defenseman Shane O’Brien, who considers O’Reilly one of his closest friends, told the Denver Post that the situation isn’t great, but it’s “the business we live in.”

“He’s making a decision maybe he’ll regret. Maybe he won’t,” said O’Brien. “It all depends on how it works out for him. It’s the bad side of hockey, the business side that no one likes. But I can see both sides of the dilemma . . . It’s gotten ugly. It sucks, definitely sucks, but it is what it is and we’re going to move forward as a group. We got a good group in here. We’re going to stick together, work our way out of this and hopefully start winning some hockey games.”

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  1. juliath83 - Feb 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Colorado’s ownership and management sucks

  2. operwapitsai - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    55 points is not superstar money….even if it was the highest on a young team. compromise a little and pay the man

    • killacam42 - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      he’s more than just the points… he’s a young guy in the vein of Patrice Bergeron. His faceoff game is improving and he’s very defensively responsible..

      • nunan - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:04 PM

        So your saying he’s going to Boston? Okay! I actually dont know anything about this guy other than he is a young, solid player.

  3. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 13, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    He’ll be a good pick-up for anyone that can afford it. Seems like on one side the Av’s are saying ‘no, you haven’t earned that paycheck yet’…but on the other side they want as much in return (roster player and prospect) as someone who HAS earned that contract.

    The Pens should be interested – if either he or Sutter can be used as a wing.

    • elrock7 - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      The Leafs should be interested and have plenty of good young talent in their system. They could easily make a good deal with the Avs.

  4. martysbetter - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    I have a feeling Avs fans are going to be left with a bad taste in their mouths if/when he gets dealt – they have zero leverage in any trade negotiations now that this type of stuff is coming out, look at what CBJ got for a disgruntled Rick Nash…odds are the return is going to be even weaker than that.

  5. jkulha86 - Feb 13, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I remember the days of Patrick Roy, Joe Sakic, and Peter Forsberg. What the heck happened? Ownership has gotten incredibly cheap and unwillling to negotiate, it’s either their way, or you’re gone.

    • loinstache - Feb 13, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      That’s a fair point. Many owners seem quick to bleed the bank on an UFA (don’t get me started on the hypocrisy that started during the lockout) yet will throw their own under the bus come contract renewal.

  6. rfcdubya - Feb 13, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    look at his giveaway/takeaway numbers and you’ll see that while he has high ceiling the height of his floor is what gives him so much value this early in his career.

  7. spetznaz777 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    hey the blues like all the talented colorado players send him this way

    • jtrain1966 - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Yeah, I don’t think we’ll ever get another deal like the Stewart, Shattenkirk deal from Colorado ! If, they were to do a deal with Colorado for O’Rielly, i think they would like a little more to compensate for the previous said deal !

  8. phillyphanatic77 - Feb 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    If I was an Avs fan I’d be very pissed at management. You don’t wanna give him $5mil/yr, we get that, but there has to a compromise. I have a feeling they’re low-balling him. Like I said before this guy is in the mold of a Ryan Kesler and could be an excellent #2 center and defensive stopper. On a team struggling to score (and win) you gotta give this kid a deal and get him on the ice.

  9. dkuether017 - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    As an Avs fan and watching this season slowly slip away to injuries, this situation really sucks. The management team needs to either pony-up and pay him or get something in return for him. This is a short season which could allow for teams that aren’t a “full-season” playoff team could sneak in with a few win streaks…get it done soon or start preparing for another season of mediocracy.

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