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NHL Rumors II: The Avalanche and O’Reilly At Standstill Again

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Source saying contract talks between the Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly are at a standstill and they could be heading towards an arbitration hearing on July 23rd. They could agree to deal beforehand, but it seems unlikely. There haven’t been any substantial talks since the team filed for arbitration last month.O’Reilly can’t make less than $5.525 million through arbitration and would have the option to pick either a one- or two-year deal. He would become an unrestricted free agent at the end of a two year deal.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater’s prediction on how the O’Reilly-Avs situation will eventually play out …

    “The Avs will keep him only so long as they don’t get a great trade offer for him. There is no question, though, that they have to trade him within two years if they know they can’t sign him. O’Reilly controls the cards on that if he wants. He can reject all offers by Colorado, with the mindset of “They never valued me for what I was really worth, so screw them, I’ll leave in two years max” and essentially force the Avs to trade him before then. Otherwise, he’ll leave for nothing. Just like Paul Stastny did.”

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Willis wonders if the Oilers would be interested in O’Reilly if the Avs decide it’s best to move on. The Avs could be interested Jordan Eberle, David Perron, Nail Yakupov and possibly Justin Schultz. If the Avs want to trade him, they may prefer to send to the East.

5 Comments

  1. MattH

    July 11, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I would love to see oreilly as a leaf.

    Oreilly for lupul, franson and a 2nd?

  2. Bob

    July 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    MattH, The Leafs don’t have a 2nd.

  3. Ross

    July 11, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Can we all just assume that all leaf fans would like to trade a combination of backups, third liners, old and over paid guys like phaneof, lupol, clarkson, Reimer, franson and who ever else for some up and coming under 25 guy with a ton of potential like evander Kane, o’reily and whoever else is on the rumor sites. And then can we all agree that it will never happen!!

  4. EdwardB

    July 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    should swap OReilly for Evander Kane – good for both teams, Jets needs a Center

  5. Johnny

    July 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Kadri franson and a 1st might be enough for leafs no way lupul franson gets it done