Blues Trade Proposals Part 3
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02-17-2013, 04:42 PM
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I do agree about the contract issues being potentially disruptive to a carefully designed series of precedents for new contracts. I keep saying "contract issues aside" even though I know it's not something you can really slough off. Tough when a guy is pretty much the perfect fit and final missing piece on the forward lines. One issue is we don't know whether, when he's traded, he'll give a middle finger to the Avs by signing a 4 x 4M deal or something somewhere else, something they'd have paid him.
I guess you would have to have an agreement with the Avs in principle on a deal and require in the deal that you have an agreement with ROR prior to a deal being made. I have seen the articles too. 5 year $25 million in several and this one...
"Well, he doesn’t have a ton of leverage right now. As an RFA, all he can do is withhold his services, but really he is up against it. Without arbitration rights, the Avalanche are in the driver’s seat. Unless he can force them to trade him. While the Avalanche want to toe the line much like the Canadiens did with P.K. Subban, the O’Reilly camp looks at the Jamie Benn contract (5 years, 26.25 M) as a comparable, and they are not wrong. On the open market, O’Reilly would probably get between $4-5M on a long contract. But alas, it is not an open market and barring an offer sheet out of left field, the options are sign, or sit."
He is the type of player that I want in a Blues uniform, but at what price?
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