Thread: Ryan O'Reilly
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01-30-2013, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkGio View Post
He had a career high last year. He may or may not play at that level again, but regardless, you don't buy high and sell low...
Since they're at a signing impasse, it's not really buying high; also all indicators for the past two seasons are that he's an incredibly good defensive player, and he's consistently improved with time (no ups and downs thus far).

I'd do something like the Cammy/Butler trade I mentioned because it does give them some value for a guy they don't want to sign, but both are expendable pieces from a Flames POV. O'Reilly is also something that the Flames are low on; possession-driving forwards. He and Backlund at centre make the top 6 very serviceable (although neither is the legendary "#1 C") from that perspective.

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