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Avalanche, Ryan O’Reilly agree on two-year deal, avoid arbitration

The Colorado Avalanche and centre Ryan O’Reilly have avoided arbitration and agreed on a two-year contract that pays him $5.8 million next season and $6.2 million in 2015-16, reports TSN. The 23-year-old O’Reilly has scored 28 goals and added 36 assists in 80 games with the Avalanche in 2013-14. O’Reilly, selected by the Avalanche in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2009...
Via Sports-Glory
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche sign Jarome Iginla to three-year deal

The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Jarome Iginla to a three-year contract worth $16 million, reports In 78 games with the Boston Bruins in 2013-2014, Iginla scored 30 goals and added 31 assists. Iginla, 36, has 560 goals and 607 assists for 1167 points in 1310 career games with the Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins and Bruins. Iginla, originally selected by the...
Via Sports-Glory
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche hope to re-sign Stastny, O’Reilly to deals that fit salary structure

The Colorado Avalanche will continue to discuss new contracts with key forwards Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly, but any new deals must fit into the team’s salary structure. The Avalanche signed center Matt Duchene, forward Gabriel Landeskog and goaltender Semyon Varlamov — to new contracts in the past calendar year to fit the team’s structure. Duchene is their highest-paid...
Via Sports-Glory
June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Patrick Roy calls David Backes ‘gutless’ for jumping Nathan MacKinnon

The Colorado Avalanche won their 50th game of the season Saturday with a dominating 4-0 win over the St. Louis Blues, who were visibly frustrated throughout the third period. David Backes, 6-foot-3, 221-pounds, went after 18-year-old Nathan MacKinnon after taking a clean hit from the rookie center. Backes dropped his stick and gloves and took MacKinnon to the ice, landing on top...
Via Sports-Glory
April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Coyotes lock up Ekman-Larsson for six years

Calgarys decision to sign Ryan OReilly to an offer sheet earlier this season didnt produce the results that the Flames had hoped for. But it created a ripple effect around the National Hockey League one that was felt in Phoenix. With budding star Oliver Ekman-Larsson entering the final season (a shortened one, no less) of his contract, Coyotes general manager Don Maloney and assistant...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 15, 2013  |  Discuss

NHL February Round-Up

Welcome to the Sports Blitz’s first Look Around the League, where we quickly explore a few hot topics in the NHL this week. 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
Via The Sports Blitz
March 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Twitterverse reacts to Ryan O'Reilly offer sheet

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...
Via Fox - The Hockey Guy
February 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Where does the leverage truly lie for Ryan O'Reilly?

We’ve moved past the quarter-mark of the 2013 season and Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly is still refusing to sign a contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Patience is wearing thin in Denver and the trade rumors have already begun to swirl, with several teams supposedly in the mix including the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Sabres, Senators, and Rangers. But who really has the leverage...
Via Puck Drunk Love
February 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Ottawa As A Destination for Ryan O'Reilly?

The Colorado Avalanche are like the modern day pre-cap era Boston Bruins. Their penny-pinching ways have already cost them Craig Anderson and it seems like their young and already very effective two-way center is next out the door. With speculation intensifying and reports indicating that O’Reilly could be dealt to an Eastern Conference team, during the first intermission last...
Via The 6th Sens
February 14, 2013  |  Discuss
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