The Colorado Avalanche are no closer to a new deal with forward Ryan O’Reilly and as Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports via Twitter, the club has no interest in trading him. Dater states that O’Reilly has numerous NHL clubs interested and are said to be calling the Avalanche to inquire about a possible deal. But the club remains firm on their desire to resign the 21-year old rather than trade him away.
O’Reilly is said to be seeking an annual payout of $5 million while the Avalanche are offering around $2.5 million. Recent hold outs P.K. Subban and Jamie Benn have signed with their respective clubs, the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars and many around the hockey world feel that the clubs won the battle of the contract holdouts. This would not bode well for O’Reilly who led the Avalanche in scoring last season.
But one factor that O’Reilly has going for him is the suddenly thin lineup of firepower the Avs are icing on a nightly basis. Captain, Gabriel Landeskog is out with head and leg injuries and although he’s listed as day-to-day, it could be over a week before he returns.
Inserting O’Reilly into the lineup sooner rather than later will only help the Avs chances of making a push for the playoffs given his ability to create scoring chances and make those around him better players.
As this story unfolds, we’ll keep you posted.