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02-09-2013, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by CB Joe View Post
O'Reilly's first two years were good, but not $3.5m/y good. What type of value would you put on the first two years alone? No where near that much. Almost all of O'Reilly's value is based on last years performance. Lets not forget that O'Reilly got the best winger on the team on his line. How much of O'Reilly success has come from Landeskog?

O'Reilly and Duchene aren't the best comparables, but prior to this season Duchene still managed to produce 43 more points in 17 less games. With all things being equal that translates to 55 more points in equal games. Even with Duchene's slump he's still producing almost 20 more points a season than O'Reilly. That is a significant amount when it comes to negotiating salary. To think that O'Reilly deserves more than Duchene over the same period of time is madness. You can say O'Reilly should be paid for his defensive game and that's true, but the market pays more for offensive skill in the NHL.
I really hope you're not implying O'Reilly was a passenger on Landeskog's line. Talented or not, Landeskog was a rookie last year. Let's not give him too much credit. The two worked amazingly well together. And yes, Duchene was matched with crap linemates, suffered injuries, etc. Nevertheless, he had a bad year and took the "prove it" contract. Not saying O'Reilly absolutely SHOULDN'T take that deal, but to ask for a little more is not "madness." Like it or not, O'Reilly has been the more consistent and reliable player since both were drafted.

You can say he wasn't "$3.5 million good" but that's just an arbitrary number.

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