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02-09-2013, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Freudian View Post
Duchene has a significantly higher offensive ceiling than O'Reilly has. Work effort and compete level can only take you you that far. Most likely O'Reilly will never hit the 67 points Duchene did as a 19 year old. Perhaps if he is paired with elite wingers.

Even if it may offend the O'Reilly camp, there are question marks about what kind of consistent offense he can provide at the NHL level. Wanting to see more of what he can do before committing to a long term deal is a reasonable stance.
I can understand that but as others have said, there's nothing wrong with negotiating a slightly higher price. The fact that the Avs are being so obstinate to the detriment of the team at present is just ridiculous.

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