The Colorado Avalanche filed for club-elected arbitration ahead of yesterday’s 5 p.m. deadline rather than qualifying 23-year-old RFA center Ryan O’Reilly at a $6.5 million price tag.
O’Reilly is not going to want to take a pay cut from his $6.5 million salary last season during this negotiation (which is still ongoing, arb-file aside). O’Reilly and his agent are able to play a pretty hard line here, as even an unfavorable arbitration ruling gives him the option of bridging himself into UFA in two year’s time.
It's pretty clear from my gathering that Avs think ROR is $5 million player, which is his cap hit. But he was paid $6.5 this year…
— Adrian Dater (@adater) June 15, 2014
There is a period between July 1 and July 5 wherein O’Reilly is open to another offer sheet if a contract isn’t settled.
Meanwhile, Paul Stastny remains unsigned 15 days before UFA opens.
- Globe & Mail: Plenty of Buyouts Expected to Kick off NHL’s silly season (important stuff in here on where the cap is going next season).
- TSN: Off Season Watch – Brad Richards Buyout, Wild interest in Vanek cools off
- Mile High Hockey: Avalanche to take O’Reilly to Arbiration
- Am980: Leafs rookie tournament schedule announced
- VLM: Maple Leafs fans will need to see something next season, and it is…
None of the picks in this draft have wowed me at all. Like Gus says in the Leafs Hangout on this page, the most he would offer to switch for the No. 1 pick this years would be our No. 8 and Franson. He said it really isn't worth it otherwise.
We have a problem. We need to move someone like Dion who has lots of value for a first pick. We really don't have anyone else that will net us something big and save us cap aside from Kessel (RW). I don't think anyone would want to trade Kessel for an elite center unless it was straight up. He did finish top 6 in points overall and only 2 points behind Corry Perry (RW), who has a better supporting cast. The only player that can get us some wiggle room and something good in return is Dion. Can a Matt Niskanen or Boyle take on Dion's Minutes? Don't know, but getting Ekblad and one of Niskanen or Boyle can sure make it easier to swallow.
Looks pretty good from here.
I've found our new Goal song.!!!!!
I was really enjoying Shifty's post by Dater below until I read this;
"It will, indeed, be a fascinating story as it plays out. But here’s what I think: O’Reilly is coveted around the league, and he might just pull in a P.K. Subban or a Shea Weber-type of defenseman (in Weber’s case, the Avs would have to give more)."
There goes ROR for Lupul and Reimer lol
Different.Mass. Hockey Rinks Add Orange Warning Track, Push Goes Nationwide
I missed the hangout..did Gus say how much he saw of Ekblad?
I'm surprised that's "the most" he would give up
@deedrag No we don't have a problem. Just impatient fans. These draft guys are not Messiahs. Just build on Phanuef. Give him the help he needs so he can play more like he did at the beginnign of the season. Build the defense around him. rather than stripping it down and just playing musical chairs.
@deedrag problem is NONIS better know he can sign those players before July 1st when Dions NTC kicks in.......
in all honesty, anyone of NISKANEN, FAYNE, BOYLE, GREENE, ROBIDAS could pick up the slack and eat some mins....(but Niskanen is prob going to sign for 5.5mil)....
Awesome..I didn't know Kess was such a good dancer!!
@Uncle Otis theres no way in hell the habs would trade subban straight up for oreilly haha
@ShiftyD Brilliant idea. Easpecially for guys that are new to the game They could make it that same as the crease and nobody would notice. we alredy have massive logos and advertising.
@ShiftyD The impending lawsuits will make short work of it. Some kid likely to get down on his knees and lick the orange ice like a lollipop.
was a short-ish one
@mcloki @deedrag We have no one to trade with to get help for Dion. I don't want to get another older defensemen like Boyle and then leave the cupboard bare for the future. Trading Dion gets us a shot at a potential number one giant defender that can probably step in right away on the third line with upside, potential franchise number 1 D. This also leaves us with cash to get a guy like Matt for say 5.5 to 6 Million. Deduct 7 mil and one player that's too much of a distraction to fans and the team add 2 D that aren't, for same price and younger.
@whalz @deedrag We could also use the pick for that center position to doesn't have to be Ekblad. I can see Matt going for that too which isn't too bad if our core defensively is better.
@Yaknowwhat Sounds like a good idea, like the warning track at the outfield wall in baseball
@Uncle Otis @mcloki @deedrag only if you think Phaneuf is somehow old and decrepit. Phaneuf ain't the problem, Upgrade Gunner with Boyle and move Franson. Bring up Granberg and McWilliams. ANd the D looks different. Play him on the second PP and let Gardiner and Rielly take over the PP. Toronto Changes as a D team.
@deedrag can really see Nonis going after staal, ROR, or stastny....cant go with the same centres as last yr.
Mcclement or Carrick
bolland can got to flor.
But Phaneuf and Kess are the problem when they eat 15 mil of your cap over infinitum and aren't good enough to be your core
Sprinkle in a Lups at 5, Clarkson at 5 plus and you get the picture.
They tried... and it failed
Everyone wants to blame Carlyle...well,he's partly to blame but there id NO WAY in sam hell this team can beat anyone out of the West with some "tweaks"..not this year,nor next and likely the following too.
Burkie upgraded the assets but then we fell in love...and that's a mistake.
Despite all evidence to the contrary,we somehow believe that a few adds/deletions will give us a chance.
A chance to make the playoffs and win a round
It's not enough Loki..and I pray that Shanny gets it too
It would start with a blockbuster with FLA
@Yaknowwhat same concept of preventing head long crashes
@Uncle Otis @mcloki @deedrag Bernier doesn't get hurt and we're singing a differnt tune. Kessel is paying stellar, Stellar, JVR is going to get better and Kadriis just in his prime. Ok you can trade Lupul. replace Gunner with anyone larger tougher stay at home D and things change. Get a third line that an cycel the puck and eat up minutes in the oppposing end.
The sky is not falling. And you don;t build teams with wholesale changes every 2 years. Let them build the thrd and 4th line. Those guys are easier to get.
@Yaknowwhat It should be in place for kids hockey, because the kids are not always aware
But they aren't good enough to win it all Loki...not even close
Mr Stellar would disappear vs those western teams and cough up the puck too often
Dion is too slow and unable to defend against the BEST players
Lups,although I've loved his showtime ability to rise,is fading.
These guys are only getting older...and I think(hope) Nonis signed them both to avoid losing the assets for zip...little more
Kadri and Gardiner are question marks..and because I wish to rebuild with youth..I keep them... unless we are trading youth for youth.
I don't wish to be negative Loki,but this trained eye sees what it sees...and I only wish some of us could wrap our minds around wholesale changes
Otherwise,it's prolonging the inevitable imo..albeit with a few "fun" playoff successes
Its pretty obvious where the boards are....I just dont see most players being aware or looking down for some coloured ice during game situations...most are focused on the puck or the player or the potential for contact along the boards....not sure we want are kids looking down along the boards anyways...pretty soon the rinks are going to look like a road map...
Like MR H said..it would be good for kid's hockey/ref's aid..although those stop signs don't seem to do jack shit