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from Mark Chambers of the Denver Post,
Coach Joe Sacco said he doesn't have time to wait for players to find their game, yet the organization is unwilling to devote just more than one-quarter of its available $18 million of salary cap space to give restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly a chance to play his game.
Mark Guy, O'Reilly's agent, sent a text Saturday night saying, "We have not had any contact with the Avs in over a week."
Not working out a deal with O'Reilly, last season's leading scorer and best defensive forward, at the early stages of this already injury-plagued and sprint-of-a-season suggests owner Kroenke Sports Enterprises doesn't recognize that it's already in a playoff hunt, or more likely, that its hockey-specific executives have their hands tied.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Anyone who has read me over the last 18 years covering this organ-i-zation knows I have taken issue with this company philosophy before. If I ran a team and my team was awful, I seriously would have the message to the local media: rip us, rip us as hard as you can. It’ll only make me want to work harder so I don’t have to get ripped by your scrawny, know-nothing ass anymore.
But the Avs feel different. They feel that if you just keep it all nice and positive, that all that pesky negative stuff – like non-playoff showings in four of the last six seasons and what looks more and more like a fifth in seven – won’t be noticed by the people. That the people would rather live in a company-line bubble of denial than, you know, the real world.
Only one problem with that in 2013: it doesn’t work. There is just way too much history with this team’s fan base by now to get fooled by any Altitude spin-based baloney. The team stinks right now, and has very often in four of the last six years. Just say it. Truth begets respect. Spin and denial begets anger eventually from those who wanted to buy in to the propaganda.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
In the wake of Monday night’s P.K. Subban deal, the 21-year-old restricted free agent and erstwhile KHL star is now the last remaining big-name player without a contract for this season.
O’Reilly led the Avalanche in scoring last season — albeit with just 55 points – -and brings a package of heart and skill that the franchise wants to rebuild around. After making $900,000 on the last year of his entry-level deal, according to capgeek.com, all agree that he is due a hefty raise.
And he’ll get one.
But if he held out any hope of swinging $5 million a year from the Avs, well, that grandiose dream died Monday night under the pitiless boot heel of Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.
If we’ve learned anything during the last couple weeks from the signings of RFAs like Subban and Michael Del Zotto, it’s that a certain sense of order has been restored in the wake of the new CBA.
Who knows what sort of bump Landeskog might have taken in the second or third period of that game to exacerbate his issues. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to watch the video up top and recognize that he was considerably the worse for wear after the Stuart hit; that he was allowed back in that game and is now sidelined is yet another black eye for the NHL.
-Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal where you can read more about this topic.
Adrain Dater of All Things Avs posted this video in his blog of Landeskog saying he thought it was a clean hit.
No penalty for the hit...
|15:40||San Jose||Brad Stuart: 5 minutes, fighting|
|15:40||Colorado||Ryan O'Byrne: 2 minutes, instigator|
|15:40||Colorado||Ryan O'Byrne: 2 minutes, instigator - face shield|
|15:40||Colorado||Ryan O'Byrne: 5 minutes, fighting|
|15:40||Colorado||Ryan O'Byrne: 10 minutes, instigator - misconduct|
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
While I still believe the Avs’ offer to O’Reilly is fair – five years at $17 million or $7 million over two years – Downie’s injury makes it more imperative that the Avs do something to make up for his loss. Yeah, maybe Kobasew and Malone light it up in place of Downie, but otherwise the Avs still have a problem now with depth at the forward spots. Adding your leading scorer from last season, a 21-year-old kid with leadership and talent, wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
The Avs can cling to principle all they want with O’Reilly, but when your hand is forced by things such as injuries, you can’t sit on principle forever. You have to do something to, you know, give yourselves the best chance to win hockey games. That might mean having to give in and pay a little more than you feel you should to a player.
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