Ryan O’Reilly Contract Update

In asking the proper authorities tonight, it is confirmed: talks are still ongoing with Ryan O’Reilly. There was little to no contact for several days, but O’Reilly’s agents – Mark Guy and Pat Morris of the Newport Sports Agency in Ontario – did speak with Avalanche management today – presumably Greg Sherman.

That’s all I have for now. Don’t know if it was positive or negative, the talks. But I don’t think there’s any question that it’s a positive that talks are still happening at all. By my accounts, they had been very chilly previously. They still may be. Obviously, there is no deal yet.

I reported a couple weeks ago that the Avs’ offer to O’Reilly on a five-year deal was $17 million. That was true. Has it come up any? Not sure.

But the reason why O’Reilly wants more than that is because year 5 of any deal he might sign would include his first year of unrestricted free agency eligibility. At an average of $3.4 million on such a deal, it is argued on the O’Reilly side that that number doesn’t adequately address that first year of UFA. In effect, they say, the Avs need to recognize that there is a premium to be paid for that first year of UFA. And I think that argument is fair.


42 Responses to Ryan O’Reilly Contract Update

  1. nordiques100 says:

    The Leafs PK is bad again, but it seems the team could use a 2nd unit. When Bozak and McClement are on the ice, it seems fine. when its someone else, not so much. They’ve obviously missed Gunnarsson the last two games too. 4 PP goals against.

    But, as they say, a win’s a win.

    And i liked what Carlyle did with Holzer. I am not sure he talked to him or Eakins, but good confidence boost to put him right back in after a bad game. Wilson would have ripped Holzer in the media near destroying his career.

    • mojo19 says:

      Carl Gunnarsson has been amazing all year. He’s a stud. He’s RFA after this year. How much would you re-sign him for?

      I would be hoping to get him on a 4 or 5 year deal at around $3-3.5 million per season.

      • nordiques100 says:

        Gunny has had some issues this year and has not been as steady because he has had 6 partners already. Fraser, Holzer, Liles, Komi, Dion, Franson.

        So i’ve seen some unusual gaffs on his part. But, there in lies his value. his steadiness helps his partner whomever it may be.

        He is such a valuable guy. They need him going forward. He’s a good footsolider like a Scuderi or a Seidenberg in Boston.

  2. doorman says:

    LOL, my comment got pulled I thought I starred it out, I must say sorry. So leaving the first part out, yes letting the young kids play without worry of being pulled after a mistake is good they need to know that. it is after all part of the learning curve right? I think that was a big part of the goaltending problem last year with the win and your in mentality.

  3. mojo19 says:

    Here’s the thing about the Leafs right now. We are looking very much like a team that will probably finish in 9th-11th in the East. Which is a worst case scenario, unless we luck out with a great prospect 12th or 13th overall.

    • doorman says:

      Ya, I have said i can live with where we finish if the kids play and play hard, lol, but i didn’t expect so many better teams to be playing worse. I would really like a top 6 pick preferably top 3 lol. That being said i have a few guys I think could help us in the 10-16 slot, though some would be high to be picked there.

      • mojo19 says:

        I’m really not interested in a mid first round pick. So if we’re looking like we might be on track for a 10th place finish I sincerely hope Nonis pulls the trigger on some deals to move out MacArthur, Bozak, Steckel, and Liles for some picks, and to thin out the herd a bit. See if we can slide into 12-15th and grab a higher end prospect.

        However, if we’re still in it, and we’re in 6th or 7th at the deadline, then I wouldn’t mind holding on and seeing how the year goes. I’m just hoping they don’t tread water and do nothing.

        • doorman says:

          I think what Nonis does will be affected by where we are for sure. However, I think if he is committed to youth, he may sell off regardless. I must say i would be very curious to know the deal that Nonis wanted to pull at the draft that burke didn’t? LOL, as well no Nonis is the GM, so has that shipped sailed. That being said, if we did say pick 11-16 who would you look at? I mean rellay outside of the top 6 this draft is kinda open to debate for most.

    • nordiques100 says:

      they were saying you probably need 56 points to make the playoffs.

      if the Leafs go 7-5 in every quarter thats 56 points. they are 5-5 now. the costly home losses to the Isles and the Canes could prove interesting down the road.

  4. leafy says:

    I don’t care if Steckel can win faceoffs. The Leafs need to ship him out by overnight Fedex Express. He sucks.

  5. leafy says:

    Or just use an illegal stick. Yanic Perrault made a career out of it. Coaches rarely ask for a stick measurement, unless it’s Marty McSorley.

  6. coyotes_bettman says:

    Ryan O’Reilly.

    I just thought maybe his name should appear in the comments in an article about him outside of the analysis of the team he will not likely suit up for this year…or any other year unless he ends up traded to them.

    Leafs didn’t look too brutal against Washington..but wow do the Caps ever stink out the joint this year.

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