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from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,
I will soon take a picture of Ryan O’Reilly’s stick and post in this blog. Long story short: his specially made twigs have a hook at the toe, creating a gutter-like affect that helps him make spin-move shots. That’s partly why he was able to score his sensational OT goal tonight against the Los Angeles Kings to complete a 4-3 come-from-behind preseason win at the Pepsi Center. While on the PK in a 4-on-3 shorthanded situation, O’Reilly blocked a shot from the point (or was it defenseman Nick Holden, who was credited with an assist?) and, instead of just dumping the puck down the ice, he saw that the Kings’ point player — Slava Voynov — was tired and probably didn’t want to defend.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
There has been a lot of speculation that Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly might have a problem with each other. That maybe there is a rift between the young centers, and speculation on what that rift might do to the Avalanche's locker-room atmosphere.
So Friday morning after the Avs skated at the Pepsi Center, I bluntly asked Duchene and O'Reilly: "Is there a problem between you two?"
"No," Duchene said. "We're still buddies, we're teammates and we both want to win together."
Said O'Reilly: "We're still friends. I don't know where some of that stuff got started."
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced tonight that the team has matched the Calgary Flames’ offer sheet for forward Ryan O’Reilly.
Avs GM and Exec. VP Greg Sherman discusses the signing below...
from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,
O’Reilly signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Flames, including a $2.5 million bonus that will kick in next week if the Avs don’t match the deal and keep the 22-year-old. O’Reilly will make approximately $2.9 million this season, in less than 29 games (18 of 48 games are in the books), and $6.5 million next season.
Will the Avs match? My early response is no. They could have had Factor for much less, and paying him a $2.5 million signing bonus for holding out will be too much pride to swallow for this executive staff. If they don’t match, they will be compensated with first- and third-round draft picks. And I suspect they will turn this PR nightmare into another “we’re building through the draft” move, and basically ignore that Factor is in his early prime and draft picks don’t typically produce for 2-4 years. Also, if the Avs do match, what do you think the guys in the room are going to think about the $10 million man, after sloshing through the first 18 games in great need of their young star? And next year, Matt Duchene is making $3.5M and Factor is at $6.5M, after which both are RFA’s again. Then what? Don’t think it will happen.
A handful of others who I respect in this business think otherwise. They think the Avs will match and swallow their pride in a situation that turned into an organizational disaster.
The Calgary Flames have filed an offer sheet on Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.
Dreger reports that the offer sheet carries an average annual value of $5 million. O'Reilly will make $1 million in base salary for 2012-13 with a signing bonus worth $2.5 million. His 2013-14 salary will be $6.5 million.
The 22-year-old forward scored 18 goals and 37 assists in 81 games.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Brian O’Reilly, the father of unsigned Avs center Ryan O’Reilly, sent an email to me today. It was his response to someone who was presumably an Avs fan and wanted to know more about Ryan’s situation, and to give best wishes toward him.
He gave me permission to reprint that response here. Brian is a life coach, running his own business called Human Potential Plus. It has been lightly touched up for a couple minor spelling and punctuation things, but reads as follows:
“Thank you for your kind words. This is not about money and never has been. As you know you don’t build team based on dollars. If you did then the people with the most expensive players would be our champion . You build a team on its character. Ryan is not a superstar based on skill but character. I know this for a fact the players he was yesterday will not be the player he was tomorrow he will continue to grow learn and thrive.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Part of the Avalanche turmoil, of course, is fourth-year center Ryan O'Reilly's continued unsigned status as a restricted free agent. The Avalanche continues to have severe penalty-killing problems, and the franchise hasn't been able to come to terms with one of the top young defensive-oriented centers in the NHL — one who pitched in enough at the offensive end to lead punchless Colorado in points a season ago?
I'll keep typing and saying this until my fingers hurt and my voice gets hoarse: Pox on both houses for not negotiating professionally and reaching a compromise. Those who want to reduce this to "the Avs and/or the Kroenke ownership are cheap" are missing the bigger issue: This is about a wait-your-turn and slotting protocol. Get paid fairly, even lucratively, through the process ... and then the cash register rings even louder when you're about to reach, or reach, unrestricted free agency.
The Avs believe in that concept, as championed by president Pierre Lacroix, the former agent. With Francois Giguere as general manager, they stepped away from it in prematurely signing Paul Stastny to a five-year, $33 million extension ... and learned from it. No team paying David Jones and P.A. Parenteau each $16 million over four years is "cheap." But on the verge of unrestricted status, Jones re-signed with the Avs, and Parenteau was a UFA when he left the Islanders to come to Colorado last summer.
The contrast between O'Reilly and Matt Duchene — the No. 33 and No. 3 overall picks in the 2009 draft who last summer were coming off their three-year, entry-level contracts — is even more interesting now than it was when the season opened.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
Wherever he ends up, O'Reilly will face a certain amount of pressure.
The first consideration is that he still needs to sign a contract. The team acquiring him will have to be aware of what kind of deal he's expecting, in the neighbourhood of $5-million per season, and be prepared to get that kind of deal done.
At that price, O'Reilly will need to produce offensively, but he can't do it at the expense of the defensive value that has set him apart in his first three NHL seasons. It's that defensive value, combined with offensive production, that warrants Ryan O'Reilly being treated like a number one centre.
Whenever he does hit the ice, O'Reilly had better be prepared to perform like a top centre because the longer his contract dispute rages, the more expectations will rise.
more including a look at some teams who could use O'Reilly
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Avs' contract offers to their leading scorer from last season remain two years at $7 million or five years at about $17 million. While the differences on a two-year deal are much closer than a five-year deal (O'Reilly wants in the neighborhood of $25 million on that one), the Avs appear to have drawn a line in the sand with their offers.
With no softening of the O'Reilly camp's stance, that would seem to leave only two possibilities: a trade or an offer sheet from another team.
One of the underreported aspects of this standoff is the growing possibility that another team could make O'Reilly a Group II free-agent offer sheet. There are many teams interested in making a deal for O'Reilly, but it's unclear whether the Avs are considering moving him.
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 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.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
The Colorado Avalanche will have more difficulty luring back restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly from Russia than the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars will have in locking up their unsigned youngsters, P.K. Subban and Jamie Benn, respectively.
Metallurg Magnitogorsk, the KHL team that O'Reilly plays for, is paying the 21-year-old forward a prorated $4-million US to play in Russia this year.
It is also believed that Metallurg Magnitogorsk is willing to increase O'Reilly's contract if he agrees to stay in Russia. Negotiations between O'Reilly's agent Mark Guy and the Avalanche have yet to produce a new deal for native of Varna, Ont. (near Stratford). The two sides are believed to be far apart.
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Ryan O’Reilly does not have any head or neck injuries. That’s the extremely good news, after his frightening collision into the boards last night in Minnesota.
But there is an injury, possibly a season-ending one, to his left shoulder. Let me caution that no official prognosis has been made by the team, and likely won’t happen for the next day or two.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Eric Fehr suffered a right shoulder injury when he collided with David Steckel in the neutral zone during Washington’s 4-2 loss to Vancouver Friday night and Coach Bruce Boudreau said that the right wing will be out 3-4 weeks. Fehr had his right arm in a sling on Saturday at KCI.
added 9:48pm, video of the incident below…
update 9:32pm, Good news! via Michael Russo tweet,
Confirmed, O’Reilly able to move extremities, taken to Regions for precautionary reasons
via Michael Russo tweets (newest to oldest),
Sheldon Burns now out there, All three #mnwild doctors out now with O’Reilly half a minute ago via TweetDeck
Paramedics now coming out (O’Reilly) 2 minutes ago via TweetDeck
Wild doctors Dan Peterson and Joel Boyd out now to aid O’Reilly. Not good 3 minutes ago via TweetDeck
O’Reilly injured. Went head first into boards awkwardly. Can’t tell if he tripped over Cullen’s stick 4 minutes ago via TweetDeck
added 9:18pm, via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Say your prayers, folks, for Ryan O’Reilly. The Avalanche center crashed into the boards a few minutes ago, his head and neck going awkwardly into the boards after trying to play a puck against Minnesota’s Matt Cullen on a Wild power play.
He is being wheeled off on a stretcher, his body immobilized. He did not move any limbs or give any thumbs up or anything as he was being carried off.
Let’s just hope for the best. More details as they emerge.