Colorado Avalanche: Ryan O’Reilly Contract Stalemate Continues

August 25th, 2012 by Kevin Goff Leave a reply »
What most Avalanche fans expected to be the first priority for the team during this offseason has now dragged on nearly into September.

With less than a month until the impending lockout, the Colorado Avalanche have yet to re-sign star forward, Ryan O'Reilly.

Well, some news surfaced a couple of days ago that might help to explain why it is taking a little bit more time for this deal to get done.

Mike Chambers, of The Denver Post, reported that Ryan O'Reilly wants to sign a five-year extension with the Avalanche.

Word is he wants a five-year deal and the Avs are only offering three. He figures to make between $3 million and $4.5 million annually.

While five years seems like a good number for a guy that exploded onto the scene, and many Avalanche fans in the Twitterverse have expressed a desire to see O'Reilly locked up long term, there are some down sides to that.

In a previous article, I predicted that Ryan O'Reilly would likely be given a three-year contract at about $3 million a year for a salary cap, which seems to be the what the Avalanche are offering.

My reasoning for this was very simple:

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