It is pretty sad how Avalanche are just ignoring players they are supposed to re-sign. I think at least Brunette, Fleischmann and now O'Reilly are in that category, but I think there were others too that never had anything leaked like "well Avs offered X and he refused" like there usually is about upcoming free agents.
they negotiated through the summer, and didn't come to an agreement before the lockout became official
and the way this lockout is going the 2 year deal won't matter because the NHL still won't be back by the time it's over
__________________ “It’s embarrassing. I’m embarrassed to be here right now. It’s not even funny. And it’s just embarrassing, the way we, you know, the energy we have in the room and the way we approach practices and the way we approach this game. It’s not how you’re going to win any games in this league." - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, April 8 2013
Good to see Ryan O'Reilly have a good start, but I'm kind of taking with a grain of salt seeing as how Malkin is on the team. Its not too hard to put up points with him around, even if you're not on the same line as him. The other team is going to focus on him, making life easier for everyone else.