Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 2/28/13
Well, why wouldn’t Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster sign restricted free agent forward Ryan O’Reilly to an offer sheet?His team has struggled to draft and develop front-line talent. O’Reilly would be an impact player arriving in his prime. The compensation, first- and third-round picks, is hardly onerous. The pay for next season ($6.5 million) is a little crazy, but, again, we’re talking about a desperate team.If Colorado Avalanche match that offer sheet, it could not trade him for one year. That will prevent the team from getting a more immediate return for a player the team offered around the league this winter.Here is how the Twitterverse reacted to this development:Bob McKenzie, TSN: “Whatever happens, Ryan O'Reilly is going to get approximately $2.9M for playing less than 30 regular season games this NHL season.”Nick Cotsonika, Yahoo! Sports: “Really like O'Reilly. But not that much, and 29 teams seem to agree. Only takes one.”E.J. Hradek, NHL Network: “If I'm the Avs, I wait 6
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