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PHT Morning Skate: O’Reilly wants to re-sign, but not negotiate yet

Jan 14, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the Colorado Avalanche shoots against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on December 27, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 7-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Getty Images

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Ryan O’Reilly would like to re-sign with the Colorado Avalanche, but doesn’t want to deal with the negotiations until after the season. He’s scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer, but the Avalanche would need to provide him with a qualifying offer of $6.5 million to retain his rights, so he’s in a strong bargaining position. (Denver Post)

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For the first time in his career, New Jersey forward Reid Boucher, 20, has found a level that he hasn’t been able to frequently score in. After playing in just 18 NHL games, Boucher admitted that it’s “really frustrating.” (The Bergen Record)

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is convinced that having only two players scheduled to go to the Olympics will help his team in the playoffs. He even commissioned a study that he used to support his argument. (Ottawa Citizen)

Wayne Gretzky was in attendance as the NHL brought its portable refrigeration units to Dodger Stadium. His former teammate and Kings president Luc Robitaille feels it’s vital to have Gretzky be a part of the upcoming outdoor game between Los Angeles and Anaheim. (Washington Times)

Oilers forward Boyd Gordon was very surprised when he found out that Patrick Kane‘s accidental goal on his own net was credited to him. He was on the bench when it happened, but the officials ruled he was the last Edmonton player to have control of the puck. (Edmonton Journal)

Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is circling Thursday’s contest against the New York Rangers as an important one. After losing to Anaheim and with a razor thin lead in the Wild Card race, Detroit “badly” needs those points. (Detroit News)

  1. flash8910 - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    I can’t recall a situation where a team deciding to match an offer sheet has come out on top. How did Vanek workout for Buffalo (they could have had 4 – 1st round picks from Edmonton – can you say hello to Taylor and Ryan)?

    So now the opening offer to retain O’Reilly is $6.5 mil (due the to way the Flames structured their offer sheet with a salary of $6.5 mil for the 2nd year). So $6.5 mil gets you a player who is project to score slightly less than 60 points. This is a tough call for the Avs to keep him at this salary (but I am thinking O’Reilly wants more). I firmly believe that if you have issues with a player and his agent in the course of one contract negotiation, then you will have issues again and again.

    On the other hand, if my info is correct, for a offer sheet averaging $5 mil, the compensation would be 1st and 3rd round picks. Avs could have had 2 picks in the top 10 of 2013 draft. Avs could have had Sean Monahan or Valeri Nichushkin.

  2. xx1111 - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Finally an intelligent response… That is what i have been saying.. 60tps a season is not “star” production level. If he is asking for more than what Duchene is making at 6 million a year i would keep stantsy and trade him as he will have a ton of value that he will only be 23 years old and can play center or wing.

    I still wish we would have taken Calgary’s deal and got the 1st and 3rd. Maybe we could have traded our 2nd rd pick and Calgary’s pick to move up and get Seth Jones to be our young anchor on the Dline.

    But what is done is done. Duchene right now is our best player…. I see Mac as the only FWD we have right now that will change that fact in a few years.

    But i still think Stantsy or O’Reilly will be traded.. You cant have 50 million tied up to your fowards and neglect your defense… One of those guys will get traded for a Top pairing Dman.

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