Tough call for you guys, but the consolation is that should you match there is a very good chance that the 1st round pick is a top 10, with a slight chance of a top 5 since Calgary is having a crappy season. Myself I would take the pick since as good as ROR is, I can't see him being 6.5million good.
I dont think they will match . The Avs must think about their other young players and what will it do to their salary stucture in the future . They have to think about players like Duchene and Lando , who they will have to put under contract soon .
I think i would gamble on the draft picks.
No. They need to think about their young players...ALL of them. Without O'Reilly right now they're simply a terrible hockey team. Those picks don't guarantee anything. O'Reilly does.
Other teams have managed themselves under the cap just fine with contracts like this. They don't match, they've guaranteed letting a proven young player walk for less-than-adequate compensation. And to a current division rival no less.
I hope Sherman makes O'Reilly stew the 7 days, then takes the picks and runs with 'em. Flames pick is going to be somewhere between #5-15, and in this draft that's going to be potential gold. 3rd rounder won't hurt either. Then either get Stastny locked up on an extension or trade him if he doesn't look like he wants to stay, preferably for a lefty d-man who can be immediately slotted next to EJ (even if it's more of a top 4 d-man than a top 2, at least that'd be an improvement over the current situation).
Oh, I remember...what I can remember is how much negative ju-ju there was between Sakic and the AVs during the whole ordeal and how much if any time it took for the locker room to cope with.
And the fact that he went on to become one of the greatest captains and players of all time. If we let him walk we'd have been laughing stocks. O'Reilly may not be Sakic, but if the Avs can overcome their Captain signing an offersheet for more money than most of the team combined at the time, they can overcome this decision by Ryan.
Sakic up to that point was a 90+pts per year superstar coming off a Conn Smythe performace and turned out to be a possibly top 10 NHL player of all time he deserved every last penny he made.
ROR is a 4th year player who has a career high of 55pts playing next to the Calder winner and was coming off 2 approximate 30pts seasons. He is not worth 6.5M per. He is an arrogant a hole, and I hope he rots away in Calgary.
Sakic also signed an offer sheet that was to my knowledge probably the most hostile offer sheet in history, which left the Avs scrambling and having to clear out salary, and he got back into the good graces as we all know.
My point is actually that I wouldn't be so quick to damn the kid right now. Ugly contract disputes happen, but that doesn't mean it couldn't ever possibly be mended. He seems like a good kid apart from this whole ordeal. All players are "about the money". And who knows what kind of stories would have surfaced around the Sakic offer sheet if Twitter and co had been around at the time. I'm holding out hope that the Avs match and both parties decide to move forward together, but I'm also not quite as emotionally invested as you guys probably are.
If you buy a $5 scratch ticket and you scratch it and it's a $100 winner, would you trade it for a $10 scratch ticket and a $2 scratch ticket? I sure as hell wouldn't, I'd take the guaranteed return over a chance you get nothing worthwhile. Should Pittsburgh trade Crosby for a 1st overall and two 2nds? Using your logic that's highway robbery! You only spent one first overall on Crosby, and you get 2 2nds by flipping him! The reality is that Crosby is worth far, far more than that. O'Reilly is worth far more than just a 2nd. The $5 scratch ticket that you know is a $100 winner is worth more than the $10 scratch ticket that's unlikely to win you more than the $100 you already have.
But at the same time, that $5 scratch ticket while being worth $100, is not worth the $200 that you have to pay to cash it in.