Acq/ Rost. Bldg./ Cap Part XVII
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01-28-2013, 10:45 AM
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To be fair, ROR probably is worth more than Mike Ribeiro at this point. You get at least four years of team control of O'Reilly, compared to less than one year of Ribeiro. Additionally, O'Reilly is only 21 and is on the upswing of his career and brings a lot more to the table defensively than Ribeiro. Minimally, you can count on O'Reilly as a 2nd line shutdown center for the next several years, but he still has untapped offensive potential that could allow him to accept an even greater role.
As for the $5M rumors, I highly doubt his contract ends up being that high unless the term buys up multiple UFA years. That's supposedly his asking price (though his agent denies it), but players rarely receive their asking price during RFA negotiations.
I just think O'Reilly is terribly overrated as a top-6 center. There are probably half a dozen young centers around his age I'd rather pursue if we're giving up Johansson plus a good draft pick.
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