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From NHL.com's Joe Yerdon:
NHL.com is providing in-depth roster, prospect and fantasy analysis for each of its 30 teams throughout August. Today, the Buffalo Sabres.
After five straight seasons out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and three seasons of rebuilding, the Buffalo Sabres have set their sights on qualifying for the 2017 postseason.
The Sabres had 81 points last season, 27 more than in 2014-15, when they had the worst record in the NHL. Although that put them seventh in the Atlantic Division, they were 12 points behind the Detroit Red Wings for a playoff berth.
Buffalo has moved onto the path to success in its rebuild but must now take the next step. To help do that, the Sabres made two big additions during the offseason.
Forward Kyle Okposo, who had 22 goals and 42 assists with the New York Islanders last season, signed a seven-year contract reportedley worth $42 million as a free agent on July 1. He will join a lineup that included skilled forwards Ryan O'Reilly, Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Evander Kane. Those four combined for 193 points as four of Buffalo's top five scorers; O'Reilly led with 60 (21 goals).
The trial for Buffalo Sabres’ forward Ryan O'Reilly was scheduled to start in London, Ontario on Monday, but the case was dropped by the Crown.
The Crown stated at the London Court House on Monday that there was, "no reasonable prospect for conviction," and therefore dropped the case.
O'Reilly was facing impaired driving charges after police said his green Chevrolet pickup truck ran into a Tim Hortons on the morning of July 9, 2015. O'Reilly was also facing a charge of failure to remain at the scene.
added 12:25pm, from Gene Warner of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly has been acquitted of all charges after a trial that lasted roughly an hour and a half Monday morning in London, Ont.
“Not guilty! We’re done,” reporter Jane Sims of the London Free Press tweeted from inside the court at about 11:45 a.m., during the trial that began one year after O’Reilly was accused of slamming his pickup truck into a Tim Hortons cafe in London, Ont.
One minute earlier, Sims had tweeted, “No reasonable prospect of conviction. No more evidence.”
Problems for the prosecution arose when the only identification witness, Mary Smith, apparently testified on cross-examination that she didn’t see anyone in the truck after the crash.
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
"Thumbs up" to the clear winner, in my estimation - Ryan O'Reilly of the Buffalo Sabres.
He's supposed to deliver in a big way because the Sabres blessed him with a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension. He has scored seven goals and nine assists for 16 points, and those who watch the Sabres regularly say statistics merely begin to explain what O'Reilly does on the ice. The fuller explanation, in one word, is "everything."
Money was always O'Reilly's problem in Colorado, and the fiasco of the offer sheet signed with Calgary and matched by the Avalanche made it obvious he'd be negotiating his next deal with a different team. Buffalo was able to be that team by trading Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, prospect J.T. Compher and a second-round draft pick. There's time for the youngsters to help Colorado close the gap, but right now, O'Reilly's a steal, even at an annual cost of 7.5 million bucks.
read on for a "thumbs down" to Alexander Semin...
From TSN's Darren Dreger:
Thursday's Insider Trading segment created a buzz around the NHL with news the Colorado Avalanche is considering trading Matt Duchene.
Credit to long-time Avs beat writer, Adrian Dater for putting us on this trail. As we reported, there has been conversation between Ottawa and Colorado, and some believe that as long as the Avalanche are willing to keep Duchene in trade conversations, the Sens - as well as other teams - will continue to listen and investigate the possibilities.
Duchene displayed his talent on Thursday night, scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Boston.
It seems unlikely Avs general manager Joe Sakic will move Duchene. Sakic might be using Duchene’s name as fodder in trade discussions that could lead to an entirely different move involving different players.
The reality is, Colorado is feeling the pain of past decisions to trade Ryan O'Reilly rather than sign him, and allowing Paul Stastny to get scooped by the St Louis Blues as a free agent. The Avs may have been able to manage without one of the two players, but not having either has taken a toll.
There doesn't appear to be a sense of desperation in Colorado, but there has been an ample amount of frustration which may have prompted Sakic to start making calls. Ottawa is equally frustrated from the top down, so the two teams potentially doing business makes a lot of sense.
Continued with talk about the All-Star Game's format, the Boston Bruins' goaltending and World Cup coaching decisions.
And not much happened...
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Ryan O'Reilly's second date in London, Ont., court has become a third date. The case involving the Sabres center's ill-fated drive into a Tim Hortons was pushed back again today, this time to Oct. 1.
O'Reilly was charged with impaired driving and leaving the scene of an accident on July 9 after crashing his 1951 Chevrolet pickup into the cafe in Lucan, Ont., not far from London. O'Reilly had said earlier in the week he was hopeful the case could be wrapped up today but that was not the case. O'Reilly was represented by an attorney and did not appear.
"That's what we do in Canada -- we remand and remand and remand and lawyers get paid," General Manager Tim Murray joked today in First Niagara Center. "As long as the end result is what he believes is the truth to be and what we've been told ... Would it have been better that it ended on Aug. 10 or today? Maybe. But as long as it's done right vs. done in a speedy fashion, I'm fine with it."
via Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
Sabres' Ryan O'Reilly on alleged Tim Hortons incident: "To be involved in a situation like that, it's definitely unfortunate.
Sabres' O'Reilly: "I definitely apologize to all the fans and just the kids that see the situation." Says more will come out in court.
Ryan O'Reilly is scheduled to appear in London court Thursday after being charged for drunk driving.
The Sabres center was charged with impaired driving after a he crashed his pickup truck into a Tim Hortons in Lucan on July 9.
added 10:38am, from AM980,
The case of Buffalo Sabres star Ryan O’Reilly, charged with impaired driving following a crash last month outside a Tim Hortons in Lucan, has been put over until next month.
The 24-year-old, originally from Bluewater, was not at the London court house on Thursday. His lawyer appeared on his behalf.
O’Reilly’s next court appearance was set for Sept. 10th.
Among the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' sports notes...
Lou Lamoriello is an autocrat. Although, a former NHL general manager referred to him the other day as a dictator. Mike Babcock is somewhat of an autocrat as a coach. It’s his way or the highway. Jacques Lemaire is about as rigid as they come. What’s going to be fascinating is how these men of large minds, large egos, and total belief in their own ways find a way to work together. The Leafs could be way more interesting off the ice than on it ...
I see where young Auston Matthews, likely first pick in the 2016 NHL entry draft, will be paid $400,000 to play in Zurich this season. That’s slightly more than the going rate for under the table money in the OHL ...
The NHL’s summer? Superstar Patrick Kane investigated; Ryan O’Reilly arrested; Slava Voynov off to jail; Jarret Stoll caught with cocaine; Mike Richards, first investigated, then had his contract voided; And the Canadian dollar just keeps on dropping. And how was your summer? ...
This will surprise some Leaf fans: Dave Nonis, the fired general manager, had three offers to join NHL teams before deciding to take a senior consultant’s job with the Anaheim Ducks. Among the teams interested in Nonis were the Montreal Canadiens ...
And this one, we're familiar with in Metro Detroit, because far, far more of a stretch than it's made out to be in the out-of-town circles:
Many who admire Mike Ilitch, owner of the Red Wings and Tigers, are concerned about his ability to properly operate his franchises. Ilitch is 86, not in the best health, and there is a lot of family interference around him these days. The Dombrowski firing seemed odd as did the quick hiring of Alex Avila to replace him.
Simmons continues and comments on the Patrick Kane situation...
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ESPN's Katie Strang suggests that Nathan MacKinnon is the Colorado Avalanche's "Most Important Player":
The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native had a bit of a sophomore slump last season, though he was sidelined for significant time with a foot injury and played only 64 games for the Avs, finishing with 14 goals and 28 points. Part of that dip in production was indicative of the team’s struggles as a whole, as the Avs regressed and missed the playoffs. And let’s not forget that MacKinnon was plagued by an unsightly 6.33 percent shooting percentage, which seems like a fluke more than anything. The good news is he was still creating chances, finishing fifth overall in shots per 60 minutes (11.01) among those who played more than 200 minutes, according to hockeyanalysis.com.
With Mackinnon set to enter training camp healthy, his production will be essential this season, especially given the departure of two-way center Ryan O'Reilly. Though MacKinnon has played primarily on the wing since joining the Avs, center is his natural position, so he could provide flexibility for Colorado depending on how things shake out with the rest of their lineup.
Matt Duchene figures to slot in as the No. 1 center, with the Avs hopeful that newcomers Carl Soderberg and Mikhail Grigorenko can fill important roles down the middle as well. The Avs already know they can count on last season’s leading scorer, veteran winger Jarome Iginla, for production (he had 29 goals and 59 points) and for Gabriel Landeskog to be a key contributor.
I have little time for power rankings, but for those of you who are interested in such lists, Sportsnet's Luke Fox penned a list of rankings based upon NHL teams' offseason moves or the lack thereof:
1. Edmonton Oilers: Any off-season that begins with Connor McDavid should be half decent. But it's what happened before the draft (but after the lottery) — securing a bona fide GM in Peter Chiarelli and head coach in Todd McLellan — that should give the Oilers faithful the most hope. Chiarelli wasted no time addressing the team's weaknesses in net (Cam Talbot) and along the blueline (Andrej Sekera). Mark Letestu is a wise depth signing, and playing hardball with Justin Schultz shows the new-look Oilers are to be taken seriously. Also: Their new alternate sweaters look sick.
2. Dallas Stars: Trader Jim went after it again, this time landing Patrick Sharp from the Blackhawks, goalie Antti Niemi from San Jose, and inking Johnny Oduya in free agency. An already loaded offence just got scarier. “We have as good a team on paper as anybody in the league," says Tyler Seguin.
3. Buffalo Sabres: Landing franchise pivot Jack Eichel in the draft immediately puts the Sabres in the upper ranks here, but the trades for Robin Lehner and Ryan O'Reilly have instilled faith that GM Tim Murray — aggressive in pursuit of his targets even if he doesn't always land them (McDavid, Babcock) — is rebuilding the right way. Nice opportunity for Dan Bylsma to get his coaching career back on track with low expectations.
Fox continues, and if there was any doubt that these rankings are arbitrary...
20. Detroit Red Wings: Bad news: Try as they did, the Red Wings lost Mike Babcock. Good news: They had coach Jeff Blashill waiting in the, er, wings (sorry). Re-signing Gustav Nyquist for a fair price and hiring help from veterans Mike Green (too expensive at $6 million per season) and Brad Richards shows fans that the playoff aspirations won't die with Babcock's departure.
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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Neither O’Reilly nor his agent, Pat Morris, have issued any statements on the incident. The Sabres issued a terse, two-sentence comment Monday night from General Manager Tim Murray that indicated they were still in fact-finding mode. It’s unclear when exactly the team learned of the incident, but police reports in the small township near London were not issued for more than four days....
It remains to be seen if the DWAI will impact the ability of O’Reilly, a Canadian citizen, from crossing the border into the United States to work. O’Reilly could face up to six months in jail for leaving the scene but multiple sources say it’s often tougher to enter Canada after a driving under the influence conviction in the U.S. than vice versa, as is the case here.
Pending adjudication, the league can simply suspend a player unilaterally. That’s what happened in the case of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, who played just six games last season after being arrested on a domestic violence charge in October. Voynov pleaded no contest to the charges on July 2, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation.
The league used Article 18-A.5 of the CBA to suspend Voynov, where in its judgment “the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League."
From London, Ontario's AM 980:
Less than two weeks after signing a seven year contract extension worth $52.5-million, Buffalo Sabres centre Ryan O’Reilly has been charged with impaired driving after a pickup truck collided with a Tim Hortons in Lucan, Ont.
OPP announced Monday that O’Reilly, 24, from Bluewater, Ont., had been charged with driving a motor vehicle while ability impaired (alcohol) and care or control over 80 mgs. He was also charged under the Highway Traffic Act with failing to remain at the scene.
According to Middlesex County OPP, a green Chevrolet pickup struck struck a commercial building on Richmond St. last Thursday morning (July 9) just after 4:00am. An employee of the Lucan Tim Hortons confirmed to AM980 that there had been a motor vehicle incident, but was unaware of the driver’s identity.
After the collision, police say a suspect drove the vehicle southbound on Saintsbury Line, before abandoning it and travelling by foot with another, unnamed, male occupant.
The vehicle was located on Harold Court, while both occupants were found on Main Street.
Police determined that the the driver had been drinking alcohol. He was arrested, transported to an OPP detachment for breath testing, then released on a promise to appear.
“We’re very concerned about the number of impaired drivers out there,” said OPP Constable Liz Melvin. “We encourage everyone to make alternative arrangements and not choose to drive with any amount of alcohol in their system.”
O’Reilly will appear in court in London, Ont. to answer to the charges on August 20. O’Reilly posted an image of a green, 1951 Chevrolet truck on his Instagram account in May. He captioned the photo “Got my new truck.”
Calls for comment to the Buffalo Sabres and Newport Sports, O’Reilly’s agency, were not returned.
from Terry Frei of The Denver Post,
Last week, word came that the Buffalo Sabres signed former Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly to a seven-year, $52.5 million contract extension that kicks in after he make $6.2 million this season and takes him through 2022-23. The deal calls for him to make $11 million in 2016-17 and slide down to $6 million in each of the final four years. The annual cap hit is $7.5 million.
O'Reilly is respected for his work ethic, which stacks up with that of anyone in the NHL. Fans, media and, most important, the Avalanche "got" that his contributions go far beyond the simply quantifiable. (No, I'm not stooping to citing analytics, but offering conclusions reached by actually watching him play.) Yet the virtually universal reaction to his departure has been: Good riddance. I'm not sure I've ever seen a player so respected told so universally to not let the door hit him on the way out....
O'Reilly already had been inordinately rewarded for his contributions. The salary benchmark was raised when the Calgary Flames signed him to an offer sheet — that involved organizational spite as much as coldhearted evaluation — but the Avalanche willingly went along with it by matching and then reaching a two-year, $12 million deal with him last year minutes in advance of an arbitration heading.
The Avalanche finally had enough.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 3, 2015) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Ryan O’Reilly to a seven-year contract extension.
The Sabres acquired O’Reilly (6’0”, 210 lbs., 2/7/1991) from the Colorado Avalanche with Jamie McGinn on June 26 in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher and the 31st pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Prior to joining the Sabres, O’Reilly played in Colorado for six seasons, recording at least 50 points in each of the last three full NHL seasons. The Clinton, Ontario native tallied 55 points (17+38) in 82 games last season as a member of the Avalanche.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Murray talked with O’Reilly’s agent after the trade.
“I walked over and introduced myself around the fifth pick or sixth pick,” Murray said in BB&T Center. “They got him on the phone and I spoke to him. I told them that I hoped we could start talking contract extension whenever we’re able to, and that’s July 1.”
The Denver Post reported Friday night that O’Reilly asked the Avs for an eight-year, $64 million extension.
“You know going in when you make a trade like this that negotiations are going to be starting a high number,” Murray said. “We’re fully prepared for that.”
The 6-foot, 210-pounder joins a center corps that includes Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons and Sam Reinhart. O’Reilly won 53.4 percent of his faceoffs last season and will give a boost to the Sabres, who finished last in the category at 44.9 percent.
“His hockey sense is off the charts,” Murray said. “I think he makes everybody around him better. I love his work ethic on and off the ice. I love his compete level. There’s nothing I don’t like about him.
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
added 7:29pm, Colorado release is below...
Ryan O'Reilly appears to be on the trade block once again.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie told TSN Radio 1040 Vancouver Tuesday the Colorado Avalanche are testing the market for the centre, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
McKenzie says the odds are in favour of O'Reilly being traded, though a potential deal could hinge on a new contract.
"I think it's more likely O'Reilly will be traded at some point here he'll be traded," McKenzie said. "But at the same time, it will depend on what the deal is and the financial negotiations that go on with any contract."
McKenzie cautioned, however, a trade is not imminent ahead of the draft.
more on this topic plus additional trade talk...
via Bob McKenzie tweets when asked about O'Reilly...
Good question. As I understand it, there have been no substantive extension talks between COL and O'Reilly. He's a year away from UFA.
I know COL loves the player but possibly can't or won't want to pay him market value. With their need for D, I've always assumed they'll...
...likely trade him but that is more feeling/opinion than fact. Definitely one to monitor. He was very good at World Championship.
from Terry Frei of The Denver Post,
Well, what do you know? ... Ryan O'Reilly still is here.
Absolutely, the Avalanche listened to or initiated offers involving him in the weeks leading up to the Monday trading deadline, primarily seeking an imposing, first-rate defenseman to eventually play with Erik Johnson or to anchor the second pairing.
There's a huge leap to take between discussion and consummating a deal, and others considered part of that Avalanche "core" undoubtedly also were at least mentioned at one point or another. That's all justifiable and prudent within the "anything to improve this team" parameters any general manager should follow.
The Avalanche's inertia was glaring, yes. But here's what was underplayed in much of the O'Reilly speculation. While he's a heady two-way forward, among the league's most crafty, and he broke out offensively last season with 28 goals, mostly playing on the wing, his salary benchmark at this point is daunting. He is scheduled to make $6.25 million next season in the second year of the two-year, $12 million deal he reached with the Avalanche on the verge of an arbitration heading last summer.
Via Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun managed to posit a late-night trade deadline scoop, and it comes from the mouth of Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, discussing a player who won't be in play this year:
[Joe] Sakic and the Avs rarely tip their hand, but it's clear regarding O'Reilly because he has just one more year on his contract after this season and a big decision has to be made this offseason. He either gets signed long-term or he gets traded. O'Reilly's name has been out there in trade rumors all season, but the reality is that it's an offseason decision, not a Monday decision.
"Ryan is part of our core," Sakic said. "My intention is that at the end of the year I want to try and re-sign him. That will be the goal with Ryan. That being said, we're not going to want that same distraction going on all year next season, either. But he's a guy I want to have here. And hopefully we can work something out this summer."
from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,
As the Colorado Avalanche struggle near the bottom of the Western Conference standings, they are becoming the subject of trade chatter among pundits and bloggers. The Avalanche are once again among the NHL’s worst defensive teams, fuelling speculation they could move one of their young forwards for blueline help.
In recent days center Ryan O’Reilly’s name has surfaced as a possible trade candidate. Former Denver Post columnist Adrian Dater claims the 23-year-old is being offered around for a defenseman, citing Florida, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal as pondering the possibility.
ESPN.com’s Craig Custance recently made mention of a rumored O’Reilly-for-Keith Yandle swap with the Arizona Coyotes. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman notes O’Reilly, who has a history of contentious contract negotiations with the Avs, will be eligible for free agency again in 2016.
CapGeek.com page on O'Reilly...
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,
Ryan O'Reilly entered the NHL at age 18 in 2009 as a defensive specialist, a young forward with a veteran conscience. Less than five years later, he was regarded as one of the league's premier all-around forwards, coming off a 28-goal season when he garnered a major NHL award.
Currently, however, O'Reilly is mired in an awful individual stretch that mirrors the failures of his team. The Avalanche has won only three of its first 14 games, and O'Reilly has only two goals and a team-worst minus-11 rating, lowest among NHL forwards....
"We try him as a center, we put him on the wing — we've tried a lot of things and, obviously, it hasn't worked out in getting him back on track," Roy said of O'Reilly. "There's a bit of bad luck in that as well, and I think he's lost a bit of his confidence."
O'Reilly is in the first year of a two-year, $12 million contract he signed last summer, after his second holdout in as many years.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche announced today that the team has signed forward Ryan O’Reilly to a two-year contract through the 2015-16 season, avoiding arbitration.
"We are pleased to have Ryan under contract," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. "We are looking at the upcoming training camp and season with a lot of excitement."
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I’m getting more and more of these kinds of emails, just so Avalanche management knows:
I am a beyond huge Avs fan, and enjoy your articles on the team. This ongoing war (and sadly, mostly to the Avs fault that it is now a war) between O’Reilly and the team is sickening me, mostly because it was avoidable. Like you mentioned, the Avs could have taken care of this during the season, as they also could have done with Statsny, by signing him then.
There are two kinds of owners in professional sports: Those who are out to make a profit at all costs, or those who are trying to win a championship. Sadly, we clearly know which camp the Kroenke family is in. I can see owners who do not have deep pockets trying to save money because they do not have a lot to spend in the first place (i.e. Kansas City Royals, Buffalo Bills, etc.), but the Kroenke family has untold billions of dollars. Yet, they have this ridiculous cost-containment policy towards the Avs, and this will all but guarantee that they will not be winning a Stanley Cup anytime soon.
continued which includes a note from another fan with the opposite view...
Maybe there is still time to patch up the relationship between O’Reilly and his current employers. And to be sure, Colorado still has enough elite talent in its system to survive the loss of O’Reilly if it happens. However, in a league where the reputation of how a team treats players does matter, the Avalanche are doing themselves more harm than good by picking a fight with a youngster who’s delivered on everything that’s been asked of him.
There are positives to drawing lines in the sand as Colorado is doing with O’Reilly. But that line might also represent the limits of how far the Avalanche can progress by repeatedly testing the loyalty of their best young players.
-Adam Proteau of The Hockey News where you can read more on this topic...
Arbitration hearing is this Wednesday.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Wednesday in some office room in Toronto, the Avalanche will face off against Ryan O’Reilly, pun intended.
It really does look like they are going to arbitration, folks. No last-minute settlement – as often happens between player and team right before an arbitration date – is likely. Both sides in this matter don’t like it when I say there is “bad blood” between the two sides, that this is all just business and nothing more.
But I wasn’t born yesterday. If they don’t like “bad blood”, how about “perceived differences in value that has gotten a bit personal.”
The Avs didn’t like it when I wrote in the middle of last season that, hey, why not get something done with Ryan O’Reilly long-term right now, why risk going into the summer without a new deal between them and O’Reilly and potentially have things go sideways like they did before and during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season? The Avs told me that things were good between them and O’Reilly, and that they had peacefully agreed to postpone serious talks until the summer — and gave me the indication that it would be a foregone conclusion that a new, long-term deal would happen.
Silly, gullible me. Because, here we are on July 18, with no long-term contract between Ryan O’Reilly and the Avalanche.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Negotiations toward a new, long-term contract between the Avalanche and left wing Ryan O'Reilly proved fruitless, so the parties are headed to arbitration on July 23, an NHL source said.
While the Avs and O'Reilly could still avoid arbitration by agreeing to a deal before that, such a prospect appears unlikely.
What it means is this: O'Reilly will have the terms of his next contract dictated by an arbitrator, who will present the 23-year-old forward with the choice of either a one-year or two-year binding contract, and O'Reilly will have to decide one or the other.
O'Reilly's base salary of $6.5 million last season means that the arbitrator cannot award him anything less than 85 percent of that figure, which guarantees O'Reilly at least a $5.525 million salary with the Avs for 2014-15.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
"I think it's obviously an unfortunate piece for both sides. It's not something I wanted to go through, but all in all I'm here at the awards trying to have a good time," O'Reilly said. "I've just got to leave the business for the business (people). It'll be interesting to see what happens. All I can do, myself, is focus on myself and training for next year and let my agent take care of that. When it comes time to make decisions, we'll make them. I'm just trying to stay even keel.
All my trust is in my agent (Pat Morris). He's done amazing things for me and will continue to do that. Obviously, I want to be in Colorado. I love it there. With both those things, something can get worked out."
Roy said he is not too concerned about a potential impasse with O'Reilly.
"I'll tell you why: Joe and I were players, and we also had to be businessmen. At this time of the year, it's no different for other teams. It's an unpleasant time. It's a negotiation, and Ryan has to do what he thinks is the best," Roy said. "Obviously, as a team, you always wish players are buying in to your structure, buying into your plan, and Joe is doing a super job. He's the one dealing with the contracts. From a coaching perspective, I don't see it as a problem."
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche wants Paul Stastny and Ryan O'Reilly to be part of the team for several years to come, but only if they agree to fit in with the team's salary structure.
That was the main message to come out of a news conference Thursday at the Pepsi Center in which team executives Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy laid out their vision of the near-term future.
Sakic, the executive vice president of hockey operations, said negotiations toward new contracts for two of their top forwards will continue as the days tick down to the July 1 start of NHL free agency — but could not guarantee either will be signed to new long-term deals.
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
A lot of people expect the New York Rangers to buy out Brad Richards, but the most emotionally invested part of Pat Morris still isn’t convinced it will happen.
Morris, the Newport Sports Management agent who represents Richards, joined the Hockey Central at Noon panel Tuesday to discuss his client’s much-talked about future. He said nothing has been settled in his talks with New York GM Glen Sather but wouldn’t rule out a return to Broadway for Richards.
“Maybe that’s my heart rather than my head [talking],” said Morris, “but with the commentary from Glen Sather, he was pretty positive about Brad’s role, especially after [former captain Ryan] Callahan left.”...
Another of Morris’s clients, Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly, has also been in the headlines lately.
It’s a situation worth keeping an eye on, both because of what’s already happened and what may occur in the not-too-distant future....
Morris said O’Reilly, 23, wasn’t entirely unprepared for this development, but it certainly sounds like he and his client hoped they could avoid going down this path.
“We’re now preparing for an arbitration case we didn’t think we’d have to tend to,” he said.
more on each of the players...
The Colorado Avalanche have elected to take centre Ryan O'Reilly to salary arbitration.
The club had until 5pm et on Sunday to file and has decided to bring the case before a mediator.
O'Reilly made $6.5 million last season in the second year of a back-end-loaded contract.
The deal arose out of an offer sheet O'Reilly signed with the Calgary Flames prior to the lockout-shortened 2012-13 NHL season. The Avalanche decided to match the offer instead of losing O'Reilly's services and as such must now make him a qualifying offer of $6.5 million to retain his rights.
The Winnipeg Jets filed club-elected salary arbitration on restricted free agent Michael Frolik on Sunday.
The club made the decision before the 5pm et deadline on Sunday and decided to go to a mediator.
In his first year with the Jets last season, Frolik scored 15 goals and added 27 assists for 42 points in 81 games.
According to capgeek.com, Frolik made $1.9 million last season with a cap hit of $2.3 million.
If you don't follow CapGeek on Twitter, now would be a good time to do so.
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
Lots of talk within NHL circles that COL has or will file "club-elected salary arbitration" on Ryan O'Reilly. If so, it will make waves.
O'Reilly is set to become a restricted free agent. If COL wants to retain his rights, they must give him qualifying offer of $6.5M.
Or they could negotiate a long-term deal. Or take him to club-elected arbitration. Latter is not unprecedented but it is highly unusual.
If arbitrator awarded O'Reilly less than the $6.5M he made this past season, the question is: how do you think O'Reilly would react to it?
check more of the recent tweets from Bob McKenzie...
from Adrain Dater of All Things Avs,
Here’s the deal with O’Reilly and the Avs: no, they don’t have agreement on a long-term deal right now. The parties, in fact, haven’t talked since the summer when they tried to work something out but couldn’t. But they will talk again after the season is over, and things actually are good right now between the Avs and O’Reilly. There is reasonable optimism he’ll get a new deal this summer and continue his career with the Avs.
Sometimes I have to keep reminding myself that this is the new Avs, not the old Avs. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy do do things differently than the old regime, but sometimes I’m still caught up in the past.
Is there a chance things still don’t work out with O’Reilly and somehow he’s gone this summer? I guess, but after talking with people tonight, I don’t think so.
via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Ryan O’Reilly might miss Thursday’s game against Ottawa because of a bizarre shoulder injury he suffered in celebrating a goal Tuesday night.
O’Reilly hurt his left shoulder while celebrating the Avs’ third goal, by Paul Stastny. Essentially, he got it jammed while extending his left arm into the group hug. The Avs say he is day-to-day, so we’ll see tomorrow if he plays or not against Ottawa
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.