NHL Rumors: Avalanche, Ryan O’Reilly are not close on deal

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The NHL offseason is almost here and as a result we’re hearing about last minute drama with pending free agents and their teams who are refusing to give them the long term deals that they want.

Ryan O’Reilly is in this position with the Colorado Avalanche as the two sides are trying to work out a long term deal that will keep the Avs star in Colorado for a long time. There’s a problem with that plan though as the Avs and O’Reilly are hardly seeing eye-to-eye in talks.

According to O’Reilly’s agent, who spoke with Sportsnet 590 The FAN radio in Toronto, the two sides are not close at all to al ong term deal and that’s something that is putting pressure on contract talks.

“Ryan would like to stay in Colorado. At the same time, a long-term deal has not been worked out, or isn’t close to being worked out. So, Ryan’s unrestricted in two years, and under the model now – given that Colorado has [filed for arbitration] – short-term looks like what the future is for Ryan going forward, possibly year to year, or for the next two years.”

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O’Reilly is just one of many pending free agents trying to land long-term deals with their current teams before hitting the open market. There’s a chance that O’Reilly could get a fat deal in free agency but he clearly has a loyalty to Colorado.

His loyalty doesn’t extend to giving discounts though as the Avs, which could be something that blows up contract talks and forces the veteran into free agency.

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