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Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly had been holding out waiting to get a contract offer he wanted from the Avs or to be traded. Nothing materialized for months until last week the Calgary Flames signed O’Reilly to an offer sheet, and the Avs were forced to match it or let him go for draft picks. The Avalanche obviously chose to match it and O’Reilly suited up on Sunday for his first game back against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
On a 5-on-3 penalty kill early on in the third period, O’Reilly went to break up a pass across the crease and accidentally deflected it right into the net. In O’Reilly’s defense, had he not had his stick in the passing lane trying to deflect the pass, Nick Foligno would have buried it past Semyon Varlamov into the empty net. The Avs went on to lose the game 2-1 in overtime, so needless to say, O’Reilly’s return wasn’t exactly a good one.
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Ryan O'Reilly is happy to have his contract issue resolved.
O'Reilly practiced with the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday morning, a little more than 36 hours after the team matched the offer sheet he signed with the Calgary Flames.
He passed a physical Friday and joined the team on the ice for the first time this season. He will be in the lineup when the Avalanche play at...
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Thanks a lot, Calgary:
After matching a 2 year/10 million dollar offer, the Avalanche finally showed some willingness to budge on O’Reilly’s demands, and then some. The timing couldn’t be better for an Avalanche team floundering in last place.... Read more
Ryan O’Reilly will be rejoining the Avalanche after a lengthy holdout. Photo Credit: Getty Images
It’s official: Ryan O’Reilly will be a member of the Colorado Avalanche for the next two years. After the Calgary Flames tossed their hat into the fray of the contract standoff between O’Reilly and the Avalanche and extended a two-year, $10M offer, Colorado decided to match the...
Well, that ended rather abruptly. A lot went on, and here's my final thoughts:
The Avalanche had to match
I could go into a long detailed post about it, but there's a really good one here by Hockey Prospectus. Bottom line, Calgary is already a better team than their record indicates, and the addition of O'Reilly would have made them even better, making their 1st...
Ryan O'Reilly's return wasn't enough to help the Colorado Avalanche end their season-high road losing streak, but he's played a pivotal role in recent wins over the Detroit Red Wings.
The forward will try to lead the Avalanche to a third consecutive victory over Detroit and help them avoid a sixth straight defeat away from home Tuesday night.