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03-20-2013, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by AslanRH View Post
Absolutely. Sherman should have given ROR the 5m/yr immediately. he should have offered 5.5m/yr as soon as the lockout was over, because then ROR would not have gotten injured. O'Reilly definitely has shown he deserved at least close to what Tavares got on his deal. Can't believe 29 other teams hadn't tried that kind of offersheet immediately after he hit RFA status.
Oh, this again...

Never said they should have simply caved. I still maintain the Avs and O'Reilly could've carved something out that gave him something less than what he was demanding, but more than what the Avs were offering. That would've buckled the team's salary structure a bit, but not nearly as much as it has been now.

We'll never know, of course, because the Avs never, ever entered into negotiations with O'Reilly and his agent. Instead, they're now stuck with a salary that's even more than what O'Reilly and his agent were demanding to begin with.

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