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01-15-2013, 01:29 PM
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Personally I don't think the team would regret signing O'Reilly to a $4m a year contract. If the Avs want to be more cost conscious, they could try to eat up 1 or 2 more UFA years and go for $24m/6 or $28m/7. This is probably the way to go since it also avoids having to deal with messy contract negotiations again. It's a little risky and maybe ends up overpaying O'Reilly a bit, but the Avs have enough cap room that it shouldn't matter, and the Avs without O'Reilly is a much worse team.

I don't see how you can go for a short-term contract anymore. You just run the risk of more contentious contract negotiations and/or arbitration, or you end up pissing off EJ/Duchene because O'Reilly is getting paid more than them on a similar length deal. If we can sign him for 5-7 years I can see both sides burying the hatchet and everything working out fine.

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