Ryan O'Reilly Headed to Offer Sheet or Trade (Part 4)
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02-25-2013, 10:50 AM
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Colorado doesn't have a huge need for Byfuglien that is certainly understandable.
I agree ROR is a good player and if he can keep the same offensive pace or pick it up a bit it would go a ways in justifying that salary but if he doesn't he is not even close to worth that. That is obviously the dilemma in Denver they don't believe he is currently worth that price so I don't think other teams are going to be clamouring to give up assets to sign him at that price either. If the Avs don't want to sign him as a 5 million a year player they are going to have a hard time trading him as one IMO.
If the first pick does end up in the top 5 then your right it would not look very smart if they traded it. It would make no sense to add to ROR to trade him when they can just lower their asking price for him.
The reason Avs don't want to sign him for 5mil is the fact that it would set a precedent for future RFA's and a pretty high bar for the next contracts for EJ, Duchene and Varlamov, not because they don't think he's worth that money, Pierre Lacroix is much like Sather when it comes to contracts for players coming off their ELC's. Anyone who looks at this situation and thinks about it for more than a couple of minutes will easily understand that.
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