Ryan O'Reilly remains the only restricted free agent on the Colorado Avalanche that has not yet been signed to a new contract. He became the last man standing when Jamie McGinn got a two year, $3.5 million contract.
A deal for O'Reilly was expected to be made after Matt Duchene got re-signed, with the terms of that contract being a start point for the slightly less talented but similarly productive O'Reilly. Duchene ended up signing for two years and $7 million, which at the time was perceived to be a hometown discount sort of price for a guy with Duchene's high potential.
Here’s a question: Did Matt Duchene’s two-year, $7 million contract hurt O’Reilly’s leverage at all? After all, he and Duchene came into the league the same year, and Duchene put up a lot more points in those first two years than O’Reilly. O’Reilly had the better third year, for sure, but now that a marketplace has been set on the Avs for a player of O’Reilly’s "comparables", has it made things tougher for what he and his agent might have desired on a new deal?
It won't be a problem unless the re-signing saga continues to go until September or so, the two sides still have two months to work out a deal and there's very little chance that the Avalanche don't keep their talented young center. Right now, the news on a possible deal is slow but there's not much else for them to take care of this off season.
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