the QO is the poison pill here. At the end of next season, o'rielly is guaranteed either another 6.5M or the ability to test the market as a 23yo.
whether you agree with the move by calgary or not, the structuring is very shrewd by feaster.
When the contract is over, instead of paying him the 6.5 QO, are the Flames able to take him to arbitration? To knock his salary down. Or does the starting point have to be the QO? Not sure how that works.
Those who still honestly think the Flames would be a bottom 5 team with ROR have NO IDEA how good ROR is.
Flames would almost be a playoff team with ROR.
I hate to say this, but this was a very good move by Feaster. It has put the Avs it a huge pickle. Match and they have to give him 6.5M QO next year. Don't match and they're likely getting a mid 1st round pick and a 3rd.
Sucks for the Avs, about the worst possible outcome IMO.
Basically comes down to how bad the Colorado management thinks Calgary will be. If they think Calgary will finish bottom 5, I can see them taking the picks.
Either way, I don't see how the Flames win. So I'm happy.
Just wait until you see how hard it is to play against him alongside Iginla. The kid is the real deal. Maybe people will believe us now that he's gonna be a Flame. (I hated the Flames long before this).
Look at calgary's remaining schedule, they aren't making the playoffs they only have 13 more home games left, by the time ROR is in game shape it will be to late. i could support this if the flames did this BEFORE the season, but now? so idiotic
O'Reilly will not be a UFA in 2 years. He'll be 24, 5 years of service.
And I'm sure Calgary will qualify him at 6.5 if they think highly enough of him to give up a first and third
I sure as hell wouldn't qualify him at 6.5 unless he absolutely dominates in Calgary (assuming that's how it plays out). That kind of money without it being a slam dunk will play havoc with your salary structure.
1st and 3rd picks aren't risky. $6.5M QO definitely is.