Posted March 03, 2013 on AP on Fox
The Calgary Flames just failed to sign a top-line center, though it turns out they may have avoided a catastrophe. The Flames will try to rebound from a pair of road losses Sunday night when they host the Northwest Division-leading Vancouver Canucks. Calgary (7-8-4) signed restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly - Colorado's leading scorer last season - to an offer sheet on Thursday, but the Avs quickly matched it and inked the center to a two-year, $10 million deal. If Colorado had failed to match the Flames' offer within a week, it would have received Calgary's first- and third-round picks in the NHL draft. It was also reported that Calgary could have lost O'Reilly, who, according to the league's collective bargaining agreement, would have had to clear waivers since he played two games in Russia's KHL after the start of the NHL regular season. Flames general manager Jay Feaster said the team had a different interpretation of that portion of the CBA, but...
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