Originally written January 16, 2013 on JibbleScribbits:
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Ryan O'Reilly, the Avs leading scorer from last season, is in a contract dispute with the Avs. On Jan 16th Adrian Dater reported that over the summer the Avs offered Ryno a 5-year deal worth $17M, or $3.4M/season. Well, this information quickly changed the narrative of the Avs being cheap, to Ryan O'Reilly being greedy. Most fans on twitter seemed to think Ryan O'Reilly was crazy for asking for more. I was one of those people as well.But 've changed my tune slightly. Now, if you look at the comparables for $3.4M on Capgeek I'd take Ryan O'Reilly over every single one as a player, except Duchene: But I think there's method to Ryan O'Reilly's madness, well his agents madness. Even if you look at $4.0M contracts, Ryan O'Reilly, before he enters his prime, mind you, is probably in this range of players worth more than all of those guys. What's deflating his market value is his RFA status, and that's why most Avs feel the Avs made a fair of...
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