Ryan O'Reilly's KHL contract terminated
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01-26-2013, 06:43 PM
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Johansson isn't some defensive black hole. He's no O'Reilly, but the difference isn't enough to qualify him as a huge downgrade. Johansson is also one of the best skaters in the NHL, and is actually playing. The difference between O'Reilly's trade value and Johansson's isn't that big - roughly the difference between Orlov and Wilson, IMO.
Just because O'Reilly's drastically better than another young player defensively, doesn't mean that player sucks defensively. Just look at his team-mate Matt Duchene. Dutchy's a pretty good 2 way center for someone as young as him and Radar's still got a massive edge on him defensively. Kid really is that good defensively, that's why him and Landeskog were so sexy together, cause they were just disgustingly good at getting the puck back.
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