One other thing: O’Reilly can become an unrestricted free agent after NEXT season if he doesn’t sign with the Avs by then. Right now, the Avs are saying they won’t trade him at all this season, despite a TON of teams around the league calling about him. But obviously, if things remain at an impasse with the Avs on a contract, they will have to trade him at some point before next season, unless they want to lose a young, valuable, two-way center who plays with heart and leadership for nothing.
So this means the new CBA if a player as a RFA does not play in the NHL for two years he becomes a UFA
Yakupov plays his ELC in Edmonton 18,19,20
Gets a big two year KHL offer and takes it 21,22
UFA in NHL at 23
Considering one of the main reasons why there was a lockout was owners unhappy about contracts getting too big too fast I am very happy that Colorado is refusing to play ball with O'Reilly.
Great player but if Colorado is not comfortable offering him what he wants well he's going to have to deal with it.
On topic: I can see this affecting Russian players who are a bit too eager. Hopefully it doesn't go too far because I'd rather have an NHL with lots of players from lots of places, Russians are awesome even if a bit enigmatic at times
I think it's a personal decision by the player and doesn't have to do with race, country or creed. I'm going to have to give you a personal infraction Fuhr. If you get two more you've been added to my ignore list.
Xenophobism isn't tolerated by myself or my family and I will fight for its abolition.
Well, it does based on the fact a Russian is more likely to see a 2 year hiatus in the KHL as something they have no problem doing (and may in fact embrace it like Radulov has), where as a North American might be less inclined to literally spend two years in Siberia. See how some faired during the lockout to get an idea. Other Europeans might also consider it, although Russians would be the most likely I would think. Of course, then there are guys like O'Reilly who found himself over there already, but is almost half way home. Still, I doubt he is in the KHL come March, let alone next season.
I actually see this being more of a benefit to the mid-tier guys than a Yakupov, who has been in North America for 3 years already. The guys who are offered a two-way deal post ETC will likely look at other options, and this would be a good option for some, versus being stuck under the RFA rules with little leverage. The top RFA's always have a bit more leverage and I doubt many will go to this extreme(competitive pressure, fan outrage, offer sheets etc.).
*Yep, I biffed it on this one all right. He can’t just be UFA after next year if he doesn’t sign. Some things got lost in translation on the new CBA between me and others. I will now go do my time in the penalty box.