Evaluating O'Reilly fallout for Avs, Flames
Well, that was one way to go about doing it.
On the day that Ryan O'Reilly signed a two-year offer sheet worth $10 million with the Flames, one that was matched within hours by the Avalanche, Colorado GM Greg Sherman spoke of the mission being accomplished.
"This was a goal of ours from the onset: to get Ryan signed," Sherman said during a news conference on Thursday. "Now we move forward as a hockey club."
Ignoring for a moment that O'Reilly's salary climbs to $6.5 million next season and that becomes the potential qualifying offer for him when this deal is up, Thursday's news isn't the worst outcome for the Avalanche. Just imagine the alternatives.
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