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O’Reilly, Avs destined for Wednesday arbitration hearing

Jul 20, 2014, 10:10 AM EDT

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It looks like the Colorado Avalanche and restricted free agent Ryan O’Reilly are going to spend Wednesday in a Toronto courtroom.

When the Avalanche decided to take O’Reilly to arbitration, there was hope the two sides could get something done before heading to court. As Adrian Dater of The Denver Post writes, that doesn’t seem likely now and the relationship between the player and team seems even more fractured.

O’Reilly can decide to take a one or two-year reward in arbitration, should it get there and it likely will, and Dater says it’s likely he’ll go for a one-year reward. The reason for that is it’ll ensure that he’ll get a qualifying offer of around $6 million next summer should the Avalanche wind up going down this road with him one more time.

As for how things got to this point between the two sides, last year’s acrimony that led to the Calgary Flames signing O’Reilly to an offer sheet helped kick it off. The Avalanche’s inability to get a long-term deal done with O’Reilly in the meantime didn’t help and then they sealed things up by taking him to arbitration this summer.

O’Reilly is two years away from being an unrestricted free agency and if the relationship between the two sides is really that broken, it just seems like it’ll be a matter of time before they trade him. Things can change, but how Wednesday’s hearing (again, should it happen) will be telling.

  1. avscup - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Hopefully Joe and Patrick can sit down when the dust settles and have a little chat with ROR. Perhaps he will grasp the concept of fitting into a team salary structure (he’ll be at the top). He can be part of a pretty special group of young players on a team with a lot of upside. Or he can get several hundred thousand more and roll the dice with another team.

    ROR for Evander Kane would be ok! Enjoy Winnipeg Ryan, I hope chasing the almighty dollar was worth it to you!

    • mb30forlife - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      You are an ignorant little boy

      • avscup - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:08 PM

        You’re back for more abuse, dumber?

        Your dumb! Remember that brilliance?

      • avscup - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Yet you suggested on another thread that Gary Bettman and the NHL should come out of pocket to supplement contracts so a player can get what he wants?

        Brilliant comment! LOL.

  2. ravenscaps48 - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Mike Green and a 2nd Rounder for him?

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Evander Kane and a 2nd rd pick for O’Reilly. Do it.

    • elrock7 - Jul 20, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Buyer beware when it comes to Evander Kane. He will be a headache for whoever he plays for.

      • avscup - Jul 20, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        Perhaps he needs a team with better players around him. The though of what he could learn from Jerome is quite exciting. I’ve heard the headache rumors but nobody ever puts up any evidence to back it up.

        Contract headache? ROR 2.0!

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        He’s only been a headache in Winnipeg. He doesn’t want to play there. Most likely too much scrutiny. I’m guessing more than a few teams have made inquiries, but Chevy keeps his cards glued to his chest so who knows exactly what’s going on.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Losing Stasney and now likely O’Reilly, and only adding a slowing Inigla, combined with their prior SOG discrepancy all lead me to conclude that not only will they not repeate as central div champs, they will likely only qualify for the playoffs as he Stars did last year – 5best in he leagues toughest division.

    • polegojim - Jul 20, 2014 at 6:11 PM


    • avscup - Jul 20, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      Slowing Iginla = good for 30+ goals on a line with Tangs and Duchene!

      Have not lost O’Reilly yet. Anything can happen. Perhaps he centers Landy and Iginla and the old guy talks a little sense into him. Teaches him a little something about consistent performance and the benefits of fitting into a team salary structure.

      • i1theinternet - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        Consistent performance? The dude led the league in takeaways and took ONE penalty all season. I’d kill to be that inconsistent.

      • avscup - Jul 20, 2014 at 11:50 PM

        He’s a career -8 and .58 ppg ONLY because he had a good year. He is trending upward and is certainly a very good player but at what price? For all of the talk about him leading the league in takeaways, why only .58 ppg and a career negative player? I have watched 90% of his games since he was a rookie. He is not a $6.5M player, YET!

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