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from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,
Nothing new to report about Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly, who oddly remains unsigned as a restricted free agent. The Avs don’t talk about these things, and O’Reilly is being told not to talk, so it’s hard to do anything but speculate. The general consensus is it’s crazy to think this devoted and accomplished young star figures to be the last player signed by general manager Greg Sherman for 2012-13.
We expect O’Reilly to come away with a similar deal as draft classmate Matt Duchene, who signed a two-year, $7 million contract in June, but O’Reilly might be looking at a longer deal with less annual money. Either way, why isn’t this a done deal? It’s not a complex situation. Duchene might be underpaid as a No. 3 overall draft pick, but relatively speaking, $7 million over two years is not a lot of money for your defending leading scorer and possible future captain who led the NHL with 104 takaways last season. Is O’Reilly demanding more? I doubt it. All the guy wants to do is play hockey. Give him a fair deal and let him do his thing.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
As we all know, the Avs are one of the best teams in the Western Conference right now and certainly the biggest surprise of the season. Trotting out a lineup filled with green youngsters such as Matt Duchene, T.J. Galiardi, Brandon Yip and Matt Hendricks, the Avs are rolling thanks to a system employed by rookie coach Joe Sacco that results in constant pressure and speed.
And while we all knew about third overall selection Duchene, Colorado mined prospect gold in the second round of the 2009 draft as well when they tabbed Erie Otters center Ryan O’Reilly (not to be confused with one of the best Oz characters ever) with the 33rd pick.
A two-way center who dazzled with his board work early on in the season, O’Reilly has been an important factor in the team’s rise, something the teenager doesn’t take for granted.
“Every chance I get, I’m giving it everything I have,” O’Reilly said. “We have a really good system that we’re all buying into. Guys are winning battles for each other, backchecking for each other.”