While differences remain in negotiations between young center Ryan O'Reilly and the Avalanche on a new contract, the two sides still are talking. The Avs are not attempting to trade him at this time, according to two NHL sources.
O'Reilly's latest offer from the Avs is the same Matt Duchene signed with the team last summer: two years, $7 million, the sources said. O'Reilly turned down a five-year, $17 million offer last summer.
O'Reilly is looking for more in the neighborhood of $5 million per year. Both the Avalanche and O'Reilly's agent, Mark Guy, had no public comment on the negotiations Tuesday, though Guy confirmed the sides still are talking.
Despite the gulf in salary desires, the Avs are not consider trading
O'Reilly, who is considered one of the better young two-way centers in the NHL and a building block of the team's future. O'Reilly, 21, is playing for a team in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.
The O'Reilly camp believes he should be paid on a level comparable to some other young NHL forwards who signed richer deals recently, such as Boston's David Krejci ($5.25 million cap hit) and Winnipeg's Evander Kane ($5.25 million).
But O'Reilly's toughest "comparable" may be that of teammate Duchene, who signed a two-year, $7 million contract over the summer. Duchene, who will turn 22 on Wednesday, was drafted the same year as O'Reilly (2009) and put up significantly more points than O'Reilly in his first two seasons in the league (132-52).
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Avalanche not considering trade of Ryan O'Reilly; sides still talking
Denver Post | Jan 16