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O’Reilly’s dad blasts Avs management via Twitter

Feb 14, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

A day after Colorado defenseman Shane O’Brien said the contract impasse between the organization and Ryan O’Reilly was getting ugly, the situation got uglier.

O’Reilly’s father, Brian, took to Twitter on Thursday to air his grievances with the Colorado organization:

Here’s more, from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post:

I called Brian after seeing that, and while he didn’t want to say anything more publicly, it’s fair to say he didn’t back away from the comments. They’re still there for everybody to see.

So, there you have it, a bit of a peek into how things stand between the Avs and O’Reilly. Obviously, it’s a negative situation now and has been for a while. We can all debate the merits of his comments – especially those five dollar signs – but I’m not going to take sides here myself. This is between them.

O’Reilly almost certainly will be traded, but I wouldn’t count on a deal happening quickly. I believe, through my reporting, that the Avs are really going to take their time on this.

That last part is probably a big reason why the senior O’Reilly decided to make (and stand by) his comments — the frustration level in this situation has boiled over to the point of no return.

It seems highly unlikely O’Reilly will play another game in an Avalanche uniform and, knowing that, the Avs feel they can and should take as much time as possible navigating trade waters.

The wildcard in all of this, of course, is the offer sheet.

Some team could make O’Reilly a monetary commitment Colorado is unwilling to match — but there is a catch, as pointed out by Dater.

If a good team ponies up the cash and is willing to part with draft picks, the Avs might still match because the picks wouldn’t be as valuable (going on the assumption the team would finish high in the standings, and therefore receive a pick in the 20s.)

The end result is this: Colorado has all the power, and the O’Reilly camp is beyond frustrated with that.

The relationship has officially moved past ugly and is now entering toxic territory.

  1. valoisvipers - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    I side with the Ave’s management on this one. One good season shouldn’t leave you set for life.Suck it up like Subban did or sit there and practice saying Do you want fries with that?

  2. ron05342 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    What a moron.

    His dad has about as much business in this deal as I do. And by tweeting such drivel, he is just making himself out to be a fool.

    Too bad. Guess his son will just have to suck it up and make believe the lockout was for the entire season.

    • bcisleman - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      His dad probably shouldn’t have made those tweets but the as much business comment was off the wall. His dad undoubtedly invested a lot of his life in Ryan’s career. He surely has earned the right to spout.

      • ron05342 - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:02 PM

        Really? You mean, his son, a human being, is nothing more than a material investment?

        Don’t think so, bud. His son is an adult who has an agent, no doubt a lawyer, and other advisors as well. Hopefully for him, his Dad is not one of them. Too emotional, and does stupid things like…like, those tweets.

      • somekat - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        what is there, anywhere, that a man invests in more than his kids?

        A human being? seriously?

  3. bcisleman - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    The Avs hold all the cards? Really, Mike? Have you looked at where they are in the standings? They are dead last in their conference 6 points out of a playoff spot. Unless they are writing off the season, they NEED a return on O’ Reilly NOW!!! If they are writing off the season, Av fans probably won’t be terribly understanding of management’s position.

    • Mike Halford - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      Meant they hold all the cards from a CBA/negotiation standpoint, which is pretty evident.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      I agree…management is charged with the responsibility of building a team…they have done a poor job, and this is an example. THEY should be the ones practicing saying “do you want fries with that”…if they honestly will not pay the kid, then fine. Trade him, and NOW…regardless of how they feel about O’Reilly, they haven’t done their job. Trade him and get someone in there to play, or sign him.

      • somekat - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        as with all things hockey, you are wrong

      • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Well said, and I see your point completely now.

  4. 19to77 - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Carl Lindros, is that you?

    • ron05342 - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      There you go…I knew this clown reminded me of someone.

  5. dropthepuckeh - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    His dad is on Twitter? Yikes.

  6. mclovinhockey - Feb 14, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    What a bum. I do not care how good you are. Holding out like this just makes no team want you.

    • killerpgh - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Really? I think the Senators are happy with Turris and the Maple Leafs are happy with Kessel. If you are a good enough player other GM’s will still try to pick you up.

  7. sergeikremlin - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    This isn’t minor hockey, dad. Let the player, agent, and team work this out.

    Here is the way I see this from each side:


    They don’t want to hand out UFA-type salaries to their young RFA’s. They are pinching the pennies a little bit, but as a player, you are either on board (ala Duchene) or you’re not. They are finding this out in a harsh manner.

    In Duchene’s case, he accepted his deal and is currently leading the entire team (d-men included) in ice time, as well as points. He sucked it up, went out there, and is earning his next contract.


    He slipped to the 2nd round of the 2009 draft, but there are only three players in that entire class who have more points than him: John Tavares, Matt Duchene, and Evander Kane (all went in the top 4). He looks at Tavares and Kane, who make $5.5 M and $5.25 M, respectively, and then Duchene and him who are falling $2M short. He feels like the Avs are being cheap and the organization is costing him money.

    At the end of the day, there is about a 95% chance he is traded imo. At that point, he will still have to negotiate a deal for more than $3.5 M per, start fresh and earn the trust of a new coach, and show that he can at least hit the 20 goal mark or eclipse 60+ points.

    I think the kid has really painted himself in a corner by not accepting the deal and showing what he can do on the ice. It will be interesting to see who ponies up the cash to pay him and welcome he and his emerging “entourage” to the organization.

  8. wren49 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Some of these pro-hockey dads are worse than beauty-pageant moms…

    Mr. O’Reilly, let the kid earn some respect around the league before you start playing the rogue-agent home game!

    That said, I wouldn’t mind seeing Ryan in a Canucks jersey…

    …as long as his dad stays 2000 miles away in Ontario :)

  9. kaptaanamerica - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    avalanche management owes it to the team to get the best return possible. oreilly is making it harder for himself and the team to get him playing somewhere else.why would some gm make a huge rfa offer to an unproven player.the guy has one good year.if he was smart he’d take a bridge contract and then cash in after two more years of proving himself.these people are acting foolish going public like this.

  10. yvrmike - Feb 15, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Lets put ourselves in Mr. O’Reily Sr. and you as a dad has been involved in your sons career. Are you not going to sound off on the frustration that his son is going through just because the Avalanche are so cheap.
    Some of you may think he is an unproven player but many many managers think otherwise.
    And who the hell are you ? Is it you thats writing O’Reilies Cheque? shhhhhhhhh
    Players should be able to make as much as the market allows them. PERIOD n shhhhhhhhh

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