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Avalanche Gambled And Lost

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

With O’Reilly set to essentially make at least $6.5 million after next season and probably the following two (because he still has this season and three more to go before being eligible for UFA), do you think Duchene and Landeskog are going to want any less? Stastny could become UFA after next season, how much difference in salary will he accept by then from the $6.6 million he’s been making for a few years now and will continue to make next year?

What the Flames did today, essentially, was potentially blow out the Avs’ salary structure in the next couple years. The Avs let the Flames set the market for O’Reilly’s value – and they had to swallow their pride and accept it because gambling that they’d get a lottery pick with the Flames’ first-round pick this year was too poor a prospect. How awful would it have been for this team if they’d not only let O’Reilly go to Calgary, but then gotten a worse draft pick maybe thanks to his helping them out the rest of the year in the standings? It would have been a humiliating blow.

And today was humiliating enough for Avs management. They clearly gambled that nobody would break the offer sheet code that most teams live by – especially in the year after a lockout – and that they would be able to dictate to O’Reilly what his market value would be, not the other way around. Well, guess what? They lost that bet.

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I would have let him go, get those picks. Calgary sucks and this is a good draft, so it would be a high pick. This is a player that is going to cause more problems for Colorado before he is done in Denver.

Posted by timbits on 03/01/13 at 10:30 AM ET

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i doubt they keep him, but at least now they have the opportunity to trade him for what they are looking for.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 03/01/13 at 11:16 AM ET

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i doubt they keep him, but at least now they have the opportunity to trade him for what they are looking for.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 03/01/13 at 10:16 AM ET

The Avalanche couldn’t get him traded before because no one wanted to pay what they were supposedly looking for.

And now they have to wait a year before they can trade him – at which point he’s a 55-point center with a salary of $6.5 million.

Good luck with that.

Posted by SK77 on 03/01/13 at 11:24 AM ET

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What the Flames did today, essentially, was potentially blow out the Avs’ salary structure in the next couple years…

Well, I guess they did everyone a favor, eh, Dater?

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 03/01/13 at 12:59 PM ET

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