View Full Version : [Avs] Avalanche & O'Reilly Done Negotiating - Trade Looks Very Possible

02-12-2013, 09:04 PM
They probably have for at least a couple weeks now.

There is absolutely no negotiating going on anymore between Ryan OíReilly and the Avalanche. While the Avs were optimistic right after the lockout ended that they could sign OíReilly and my sources said he would not be traded, things have changed and it appears a virtual certainty OíReilly will be traded now. The sides became entrenched in their positions, things got a little personal and now there appears no turning back. The only questions remaining are to which team and for which players/draft picks in return.

Darren Dreger of TSN reported tonight the Avs are asking for a ďroster player and a top prospect.Ē That sounds about right. The Avs will not confirm thatís what they are asking for. They wonít confirm much of anything right now. They have gone into bunker mentality mode on the Factor.

There is a lot more to this story, but until OíReilly is traded, Iím kind of bound by an agreement not to report anything until then. Sorry. Really, Iím amazed this all happened. A 21-year-old heart-and-soul, two-way center, an absolute rink rat who loved Denver and loved the Avalanche wound up being the final unsigned big-name restricted free agent in the NHL. Really, itís unbelievable.

There are so many questions left to be answered/resolved with this story. Not to get all negative Ė because I know how some get all sensitive to that Ė but it really must be asked: do the Avs have a major problem with the way they do business with their players now? Look at all the good players who Ė even after giving a lot to this team on and off the ice Ė things end really badly and they are either traded or released, often to disastrous results.

I give you, among others, Craig Anderson. Iím not going to re-litegate the whole thing here, but there was a guy who had a great year for the Avs, got what he felt was a lowball offer to re-sign, the Avs made no attempt to negotiate off their only offer, things got a little personal and Anderson was dealt away for Brian Elliott.

Anderson took the Senators to the playoffs last year, his first full one in Ottawa. He would easily win the Vezina Trophy right now if the voting were held today. He had a 42-save shutout tonight.
Many GMs who made that trade in other organizations probably would have been fired over that trade.

The larger point is: why do so many of these contract problems with good players always keep happening? Ian Laperriere was shocked at how he was treated by this team at the end. He got an insulting one-year offer, with a pay cut, to stay. He couldnít even get his phone calls returned by the organization when he didnít take the offer but wanted to keep negotiating. What kind of management is that? You canít even return the call of a guy who poured out his heart and soul to this team and did countless acts of goodwill for the community? Disgraceful. I get mad just thinking about it. Lappy found a Flyers team happy to take him off the Avsí hands, giving him a three-year, $3.5 million contract, and he played great for a perennial Flyers playoff team until seeing his career end after taking a slap shot to the face.

Tomas Fleischmann Ė played great for the Avs after they TRADED to get him. They made another lowball, take-it-or leave it offer to keep him. He was shocked, because he liked it here too and wanted to stay and his teammates really liked him too. But he was just let go heís put up about a point a game for the Panthers since and helped them to the playoffs last year.

Peter Mueller? Playing well for Florida, after the Avs just tsk-tsked him and let him go. There have been other similar stories. Now, OíReily appears to be joining the list.

Wow, the Avs had better win this trade for a change, because if you think itís bad now, just wait if Greg Sherman, Pierre Lacroix and Co. come up empty on another deal. The whole hockey world will be watching. By the way, Iíve talked to about half a dozen general managers about this and none of them can believe the Avs would even consider trading Ryan OíReilly, especially over such a relatively minor difference in money Ė at least on a short-team deal.

But, hey, itís their business. They can run it the way they want. All I know is this the last-place team in the Western Conference and an organization that has been a lottery team in two of the last three. It would seem that the way they do business hasnít produced very good results.

But maybe Iím just being too critical.


02-13-2013, 01:48 PM
adater ‏@adater
Don't expect any quick trade of O'Reilly. Avs really going to wait for very best offer

02-13-2013, 01:54 PM
adater ‏@adater
Wouldn't be at all surprised if ROR isn't traded til summer or beyond. Especially with Avs season practically blown up already