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12-09-2012, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by questhockey View Post
So in NHL if you sign a RFA that is not your own, you owe draft picks etc, if i'm not mistaken.
How do the avalanche get compensation for O'Reilly from Metallurg?
I'm not very knowledgeable when it comes to RFA status. To me this seems like the Avs are getting royal screwed, with losing a player for a UFA who doesn't sign.
They don't get any compensation. Avalanche will retain O'Reilly's RFA rights but in order to get him back in the NHL within two years, the Avalanche will either sign him for a higher contract than his Russian contract, or they will have to trade his rights to another NHL team (and will get compensation from that NHL team). The team that buys over O'Reilly's rights will then have to offer a higher contract than his Russian contract otherwise he has to stay and complete his two years in Russian. It's risky for the Avs because if they don't put a higher offer on him, it'll be hard to trade his rights unless there's a team that wants him badly enough and knows that their offer will be higher than the Russian contract.

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