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01-15-2013, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Bender View Post
Not trying to be optimistic but trying to report the exact words coming from Meehan. Perhaps he didn't want to categorize how close the sides were but he chose to ignore that question.

At least the sides are talking.
No I understand. To me, the fact they are talking is only optimistic in terms of this situation not laboring on all season. I would be shocked if O'Reilly is signed and isn't traded.

I think the ongoing discussions are more for the benefit of another team, so they know his contract, and he's locked into it. At this point it's obvious to all GM's O'Reilly is willing to stay in the KHL. That brings with it added leverage to continue holding out after a trade, that the usual contract holdout whose not getting paid doesn't have.

I think it's very likely that he'll need to be signed before he's traded at this point.

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