Feb 14, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT
O’Reilly’s father, Brian, took to Twitter on Thursday to air his grievances with the Colorado organization:
— Brian O’Reilly (@coachbri1) February 14, 2013
Sure will he loved it there and thought the fans were the best. So many great players the ave’s dump because of their management style $$$$$
— Brian O’Reilly (@coachbri1) February 14, 2013
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.
May 27, 2015, 10:33 AM EDT
Chicago fans are hoping that dream includes a Game 6 win.
May 27, 2015, 9:35 AM EDT
Give some credit to his linemates, including “energizer bunny” J.T. Miller.
May 27, 2015, 8:21 AM EDT
Wednesday’s collection of links.
May 27, 2015, 12:59 AM EDT
Almost completely shut the door through two periods.
May 27, 2015, 12:09 AM EDT
Game 7. Friday in New York.
May 26, 2015, 11:34 PM EDT
“Boy, that escalated quickly…”
May 26, 2015, 11:03 PM EDT
Ben Bishop pulled in the third period.
May 26, 2015, 10:29 PM EDT
Timonen is averaging under 10 minutes of ice time per game in playoffs.
May 26, 2015, 9:45 PM EDT
Hadn’t scored since April 4.
May 26, 2015, 9:16 PM EDT
New York scored to make it 2-0 soon after that.
May 26, 2015, 8:52 PM EDT
New York needs the win to force Game 7.
May 26, 2015, 8:13 PM EDT
“We’ve had a lot of informal discussions with people about this, but us or the city have yet to be presented with any kind of offer.”
May 26, 2015, 7:24 PM EDT
New York facing elimination, yet again.
May 26, 2015, 6:29 PM EDT
“I’ve had some people reach out to me,” the Red Wings GM said.
May 26, 2015, 5:24 PM EDT
Meanwhile, GM Doug Armstrong says, “Show me a well-liked coach, and I’ll show you a losing coach.”
May 26, 2015, 4:57 PM EDT
But let’s not call it the end of an era.
May 26, 2015, 4:31 PM EDT
Michael Russo of the StarTribune being the reporter.
May 26, 2015, 3:55 PM EDT
“The Flyers have never intentionally tried to lose. That would put a foul taste in my mouth. “
May 26, 2015, 2:46 PM EDT
“Does he ride guys hard and has he been on my case at times, where it’s made me angry? Yes. But he does it in the light of trying to make our team better, trying to make each individual player better.”
May 26, 2015, 2:14 PM EDT
Had a bad giveaway in Game 5, but those giveaways are going to happen occasionally.
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