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O’Reilly says it was “worth it to wait this long” to sign

Mar 2, 2013, 9:24 AM EDT

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It’s understandable why general managers Jay Feaster and Greg Sherman have taken the forefront of discussion when it comes to Ryan O’Reilly finally getting signed, but he’s excited about finally getting back to action with the team.

O’Reilly will join the team today to hit the ice for practice and as Adrian Dater of The Denver Post notes from an interview the player did with a London, Ontario radio station, the wait was worth the payoff. When it comes to the two-year, $10 million deal he knows just how big it is.

“It was a big number. I didn’t really expect that,” O’Reilly said. “But it’s great. It’s what we wanted, and was worth it to wait this long. Now it’s strictly business now, as it was then – just perform on the ice.”

O’Reilly says he’s not sure what to expect from the fans when he finally suits up, but it’s safe to say if he doesn’t come out flying and helping turn the Avalanche season around, things will get ugly. Should he prove the wait was worth it and the Avs climb back into the teeth of the postseason race, fans in Denver will wonder why the team didn’t act sooner.

  1. sampulls - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    This guy should shut his trap and play hockey. Starting to sound like another less talented version of Lindros.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:39 PM

      So he should just ignore questions from reporters?

  2. freneticgarfieldfan - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    “It was a big number. I didn’t really expect that” – so, how much did he actually ask for when negotiating with the Avalance?
    For 10 million some might also expect some honesty.

  3. kingsforever - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    ROR is a clown. Enough about him

  4. 19to77 - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Aaaaand now he finds the nearest camera and rubs the Avalanche front office’s (and his teammates’) noses in it. Gonna love Duchene’s reaction to this. What an immature, selfish clown.

  5. 950003cups - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    He better invest that money. If in 2 years, he doesn’t put up numbers, it’s gonna be a tough situation getting a new contract.

  6. sjtorpitt - Mar 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Really? It was worth it? Betray your team and your fans and holding out for money you certainly don’t deserve, what a joke this guy is. I hope Colorado fans don’t take too nicely to him in his return.

    • hockeyflow33 - Mar 2, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      If you didn’t learn this offseason that the NHL is a business and not your local beer league, I feel sorry for you

  7. tfaltin - Mar 2, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    He’s entitled to hold out and get the contract he feels fair. But I really hope this quote was taken out of context somehow. I thought the kid was smarter than to say something like that.

  8. thehighcountrybear - Mar 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Making things tougher for O’Reilly will be all the established superior players, making half of what he signed for, dedicating coming encounters to proving O’Reilly is vastly overpaid! This guy is going to have to earn every inch of ice and every dollar in payment for the effort…

  9. govtminion - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    “Heh heh heh… and then momma’s boy got PAAAAAID.”

  10. ducksk - Mar 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Give his dad some credit. Dad, son and Avs mgmt. all deserve one another. Anyone in hockey knows Avs mgmt a joke in league. The owner is to busy counting Wal-mart fortune to care.

  11. hockeydon10 - Mar 2, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    I don’t get it.

    Avs low-balled an offer to him. It’s his right to not sign it.

    Flames tender that offer sheet. At worst, his agent tried to get as much as possible for his client. Which is the agent’s job!

    He signs the offer sheet for, apparently, WAY more than he was hoping to get from the Avs.

    And suddenly he’s to blame for all this mess?

  12. sampulls - Mar 2, 2013 at 9:12 PM


    You aren’t really that bright are you….

    What everyone is hating on this kid for is that he is a 22 year old who held out! Think of all the respected players in the league history such as Sakic. How many times do you think he held out?

    • 19wasthebest - Mar 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Hockeydon, Sakic signed an offer sheet with the Rangers (which was quickly matched)because the Av’s did not want to pay him. Do you see a pattern here?

  13. sampulls - Mar 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Sakic never held out, nor did he never put himself ahead of the team……..ROR has a few dinners to buy for hid teammates this year to wash the bad taste out of everyone’s mouth

  14. Plumber 65 - Mar 3, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Is he worth 5 mil a year mmmmmmmmmm. You can’t blame any guy for wanting to to get as much as possible. Especially when it Guaranteed money. I’ll be curious to see how this works out with duchane. He has taken his game to the next level this year and is doing for 1.5 mil less than ROR. Remember boys ROR is a hell of a talent.

  15. emperorzero - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I like O’Reilly’s game, but for 5 million a year, he’s really going to have to improve on what he did last year. He gets zero honeymoon time.

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