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Ryan O’Reilly’s dad thinks the Avs don’t value character

Feb 19, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

Ryan O'Reilly

Last week, Ryan O’Reilly’s father, Brian, took to Twitter and blasted Colorado Avalanche management for the way the club has handled contract negotiations with his son.

Today, in a lengthy (rambling?) email to the Denver Post, Brian O’Reilly went on…and on.

Long story (830 words, to be precise) short, the professional life coach believes the Avs don’t value character players like his 22-year-old son.

“This is not about money and never has been,” O’Reilly wrote. “As you know you don’t build team based on dollars. If you did then the people with the most expensive players would be our champion. You build a team on its character. Ryan is not a superstar based on skill but character. I know this for a fact the players he was yesterday will not be the player he was tomorrow he will continue to grow learn and thrive. The world values it less and less, yet everyone is looking for those players that eat sleep and drink the game and are unselfish plus compete because they are intrinsically motivated for excellence. This is another trait humankind is slowly losing!”

And he was only getting started. We’ll let you read the rest at the Post’s website.

In the meantime, any NHL team interested in O’Reilly (Ryan, not Brian) should make their best offer, because it doesn’t sound like he’ll be wearing an Avs jersey again.

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

  1. rca26 - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    So the Avalanche aren’t willing to pay him 5m/yr only because he’s a man of character and not because that’s too much money?

    I wish this guy was coaching my life too.

    • davebabychreturns - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      As long as you don’t hire him to proofread…

  2. crosberries - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Wow that’s embarrassing!!!

  3. kingsforever - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    Career high 18 goals? Yeah sweet character. Sign the contract already.

  4. kingsforever - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    “this isn’t about the money”
    Then why hold out?

    • pens919209 - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      Obviously he’s holding out for more character.

  5. travishenryskid - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    He’s holding out for more money. How much more do we need to know about his character?

  6. elwaysmilehighdenver - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Darren McCarty thinks Claude Lemieux’s
    turtle didn’t show much character.

  7. junterberger22 - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Ryan should tell his old man to stop. He is only hurting his son in the long run….

  8. sampulls - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Speaking of character guys, how many times did Joe Sakic hold out in his career? That’s right, ZERO.

  9. hockeyflow33 - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Taking helicopter parenting to the next level.

  10. polegojim - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Shut up Dad.

    All jokes aside… The Avs are a mess with or without O’Reilly.

  11. brotherlove2012 - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Just an extension of how it must have been when he was in HS. I deal with that kind of parent all the time where I’m teaching. Helicpter parenting indeed … so ridiculous, yet so sad …

  12. sjsharks66 - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    He should tell his father to not get involved, it is not helping his case.

  13. prd797 - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Mr. O’Reilly is really channeling his inner Carl Lindros.

    • phillyphever - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Yeah, that was so much fun when those two and Clarke went at it.

  14. wranglerick - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Anybody know how his mother feels ?

  15. proudliberal85392 - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Dad’s not helping.

  16. jasndc75 - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    He’s not holding out, he is not under contract. They own his rights. He’s not reneging on any agreement and neither are they.

    I do find it funny they dont want to pay him like a star but are expecting (according to ‘reports’) star value in trade return….

    • jernster21 - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      What’s star status? A unproven “franchise” player in their entry level deal is worth what, 3.5-3.75 and that all depends on bonuses. Duchene signs at 3.5 million bridge contract even after two 50+ point seasons and a season in which he’s injured but still went out and played because he wanted to do everything he could to help the team. O’Reilly wants 4.5-5 million because he works hard and has great work ethic? Please. Atheletes get paid based on 1) draft status 2) production – there are more questions with O’Reilly than there are Duchene but he’s not being a baby saying “what have you done for me lately?” And holding out/being bitter about not being named Captain? How dumb does O’Reilly think everyone in hockey is? Being named Captain isn’t a bargaining chip and he pretty much exposed his true colors in the process.

      The Avalanche don’t want to get rid of O’Reilly, that’s why the price is high – if they get a deal worth taking, they’ll take it, otherwise O’Reilly just hurts his career by sitting on the couch, because like it or not, the Avalanche still own his rights, and that’s what he signed up for when he became a professional athlete. That’s also why no one has sent over an offer a sheet. If someone sends over an offer sheet for 4-4.5m a year, the Avalanche are going to sign it because they aren’t giving in to O’Reilly’s demands – that’s someone else saying, this is what he would be worth to us….so far, no one seems to think he’s worth more than what the Avs have offered, and that should say a lot.

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