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04-10-2013, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Nihiliste View Post
He isn't worth close to 6.5 but the issue is because of the require qualifying offer he CAN get it and based on how he handled this off season I can't imagine him taking a discount.

All I know is that ROR at 6.5 is going to be just as much of an albatross as Stastny would be.
There isn't any reason for Avs to choose to qualify him instead of taking him to arbitration if it goes to next summer without a new contract.

If Avs qualify him, O'Reilly will choose a two year deal and get $6.5M/year and then be a UFA. If Avs instead take him to arbitration they have a chance to reduce his salary to $5.5M/year for two years and both parties get an extra month or two to negotiate to avoid arbitration.

Hopefully both sides want to avoid it going that far. A long term contract is better for both parties.

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