Calgary Flames v Colorado Avalanche

UPDATE: The Avalanche have quickly matched. Feaster famine, in this case.


This will shock you, but an NHL team intentionally made a move to make their team better today. It shouldn’t shock you, of course, but for some reason (it’s collusion) teams don’t often offer sheet other teams’ RFAs.

The Calgary Flames have put in an offer sheet on Ryan O’Reilly worth 10 million dollars over two years. Here’s what you need to know in the short term:

I don’t know what the cost of having the Colorado Avalanche mad at you is, but I have a hunch it’s more valuable to acquire good players for not-that-much.

Comments (8)

  1. Why did we just have a lockout if an owner/team is willing to pay O’Reilly an average of $5 million per year and lock themselves into a $6.5 million per year qualifying offer? I mean, I know that the lockout was a money-grab by the owners, but this offer really exposes their lies about cost certainty.

    On the other hand, I wouldn’t trade O’Reilly for a mid first round pick (seems most likely) and a third round pick, since by the third round you might as well be throwing darts at a board. Avs management has really messed the bed on this one.

  2. well the flames cant really draft any one thats very good so i guess they have to go this way brutal

  3. Any chance the GMs talked about talked going down first? Not sure why they would go this route, instead of a trade, but maybe there is a reason for it.

    Or I could be completely wrong.

  4. Feaster famine…you bastard.

  5. Feaster famine. Awesome.

  6. Frankly, a 1st and a 3rd from a non-playoff team isn’t a bad return for a guy who has never scored 20 goals and has had his best return be 55 points. O’Reilly will probably continue to devlop (though the Flames track record on that is decidedly unfavorable), but I’m not sure that the Avs aren’t better off taking the picks rather than overpaying a player who has shown a willingness to hold out and hurt the team…

    If they could have gotten more than a 1st and 3rd, they should have pulled the trigger on that already.

  7. The Colorado Avalanche – Allowing your opponents to dictate your internal business since 2013

    • To be fair, they also make lots of bad choices on their own! I mean, who wants Stewart (7 goals, 6 assists) and Shattenkirk (1 goal, 14 assists) when you can have Johnson’s 1 assist? Also, I’m going to just make a guess that Filip Forsberg’s upside is just a tad better than Varlamov’s…

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