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Sakic: Avs want to talk extension with O’Reilly this summer

Feb 21, 2014, 2:25 AM EST

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It’s been nearly a year since the Colorado Avalanche matched the Calgary Flames’ offer sheet on forward Ryan O’Reilly. On Feb. 28 they’re eligible to trade him if they wish, but the impending restricted free agent is reportedly very much in the team’s plans.

Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reports that Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic is ready to open up negotiations with O’Reilly over the summer about an extension.

O’Reilly, 22,  signed a two-year, $10 million deal last February after not coming to an agreement with the Avs through the start of the season. That’s when Calgary moved in with their offer sheet which the Avalanche didn’t waste any time in matching.

This season, O’Reilly is trying to make the case for a similarly doled out contract with 21 goals and 41 points in 56 games. Those numbers put him fourth on the Avalanche in scoring.

The one big thing in O’Reilly’s situation is his qualifying offer. In order to retain his negotiating rights, they have to extend one to him worth $6.5 million according to CapGeek.com.

The player can always reject the qualifying offer to work on a deal more to their liking, but if talks look like they’ll get rough O’Reilly could accept it and put the Avs on the hook for that amount both in salary and against the cap. If nothing else, that’ll be the perfect motivation for the team to get an extension done no matter what.

  1. mrhyperpants - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Best up you game O’Money and be the top scorer for the Avs you greedy C U Next Tuesday.

    • spoon9z - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      Really MHP?

      The guy HAS earned his spot, his pay, our respect outside of those like you who fail to see just how poorly his contract negotiations were handled by this org last year and Calgary forced this contract down our throats bc they allowed it to get here. Your comment is vulgar and insulting, and I think ROR has not only earned his contract even now, but looking forward and a A at least as well.

      I love Duchene plenty, but at least ROR brings more than just scoring and in one way like Matt. Ryan’s D and versatility to play all forward positions in any situation makes him a HUGE commodity and our version of Kessler/Bergeron/Sharp…guys you HAVE to have in order to win/compete. Losing Ryan would be the WORST call yet for this org, and remember they once had Sacco as a coach so run with that one.

      Sign this guy for max term and about 5-6…his D is even better than his O, even with a move to the wing. And the guy couldn’t be more down to earth and friendly. I got a few moments to chat with him and others after the NJ game in the cold. All I focused on was telling him to stay and work it out here in Colorado…not all fans are as thick headed as the first comment by MHP.

      • bawags06 - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:44 AM

        I could not agree more, Spoon. O’Reilly played his junior hockey in Erie, PA, where I live…and he was fantastic here. He’s a very good player and an even better man.

        While Erie Otters fans were happy for him professionally, we were very disappointed to see him go when he made the Avs out of camp a couple years ago. He jumped right in and killed penalties…and showed immediately he’d be a very good two-way player.

        He seems like a player that would greatly appeal to the player side of Joe Sakic. I will be extremely disappointed if the Avs let him walk.

  2. hockeydon10 - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Was that Calgary offer sheet before Sakic/Roy were brought back in to help run the organization?

    If so, how much did the previous guys affect his signing with Calgary?

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