Ryan O'Reilly C COL 15 hours ago

O'Reilly's contract extension with the Sabres will be for seven years and $52.5 million, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.

The $7.5 million annual average value on the deal makes O'Reilly one of the game's highest-paid players. The Sabres and O'Reilly structured the contract in an atypical fashion, as the salary for each season is only $1 million, with the remainder of the money coming in the form of a signing bonus. It's a steep price to pay for Buffalo, but one they deemed necessary in order to continue their overhaul of one of the league's weakest forward corps.

Ryan O'Reilly C COL 19 hours ago

O'Reilly, recently acquired by the Sabres over draft weekend, signed a long-term extension with the team Friday, The Buffalo News reports.

The team paid a pretty hefty price for O'Reilly (and Jamie McGinn), moving defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forward Mikhail Grigorenko, prospect J.T. Compher, and the 31st overall pick in the 2015 Draft. So it's no surprise they wanted to lock him in for the long haul, in a deal that's expected to be for over $7 million a season when officially announced. O'Reilly is expected to center the top line, with rookie Jack Eichel quarterbacking the No. 2 line as the Sabres try to pull off a quick, successful rebuild.

Ryan O'Reilly C COL 4 days ago

O'Reilly says he is more comfortable playing center and expects to play at that position for the Sabres, reports the Olean Times Herald.

On a team that lacks true centers, O'Reilly is a good candidate to be the team's new No. 1, and head coach Dan Bylsma certainly said as much after the trade. The Sabres will have a bit of a logjam at camp, with Zemgus Girgensons, David Legwand, Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart all preferring to play center. While general manager Tim Murray noted that O'Reilly has played on the wing in the past, O'Reilly is arguably the team's best faceoff specialist. With an increased role, O'Reilly has the potential to set new career-highs. It's likely he'll begin camp playing alongside Tyler Ennis, the team's reigning top scorer and teammate at the most recent World Championships.

Ryan O'Reilly C COL 1 week ago

O'Reilly was traded to Buffalo on Friday along with Jamie McGinn in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher and the 31st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.

O'Reilly has one year remaining on a two-year, $12 million contract that he signed with Colorado last summer. Colorado GM Joe Sakic was hesitant to extend O'Reilly at the money he was looking for, so he shipped him to Buffalo. It's an interesting fit. The Sabres are still in a rebuilding phase, but with O'Reilly, recently drafted Jack Eichel and prospect Sam Reinhart down the middle, Buffalo is definitely trending in the right direction. O'Reilly had 55 points last season in Colorado, and even though he's going to a weaker team, he's almost certain to have a bigger role on the Sabres. His fantasy value figures to remain about the same.

Ryan O'Reilly C COL 3 months ago

O'Reilly scored the lone Avalanche goal in Saturday's loss to the Kings.

O'Reilly is finishing the season strong, racking up six goals and 14 points in his last 11 games. The Avalanche may be eliminated from playoff contention, but the 24-year-old is still producing and now has 54 points in 79 games. With a career-high 38 assists , the second-line center is a safe fantasy bet in these final few games of the season.

Ryan O'Reilly C COL 3 months ago

O'Reilly extends scoring streak with a goal in a 4-1 loss to Edmonton on Monday.

O'Reilly scored the lone goal for the Avalanche on Monday, finishing with four shots and skating to a minus-1 rating in the 4-1 loss to Edmonton. O'Reilly's goal extends his point streak to eight games, giving the forward a total of 13 points, five goals and eight assists, in those eight games.

Ryan O'Reilly C COL 3 months ago

O'Reilly extended his point streak to six games Tuesday with two assists -- one on the power play -- and a plus-1 rating in a 4-1 win over the Canucks.

He's got a whopping 11 points over this six-game span and 15 in 11 March games on the whole, so O'Reilly's about as hot as they come right now. This big run of production has helped him leapfrog the 50-point mark now, putting a nice finish and some optimism for next year on what's been a disappointing season overall.

Ryan O'Reilly C COL 3 months ago

O'Reilly racked up a goal and two assists in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Oilers.

O'Reilly extended his recent point streak, and now has nine points in his last five games. The center currently sits at 14 goals and 35 assists through 73 games on the season, and should end the season with at least 50 points for the third time in his career.

Ryan O'Reilly C COL 3 months ago

O'Reilly set up both Colorado goals in a 3-2 loss to the Flames on Monday.

O'Reilly now has points in four straight and 10 in his last nine contests. He's certainly rewarding owners who hung onto him despite some struggles earlier this season, and with 46 points with 10 games remaining, the 24-year-old should crack the 50-point plateau for the third time in his career.

Ryan O'Reilly C COL 3 months ago

O'Reilly found twine for the third game in a row -- a short-handed tally -- in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Ducks.

This was O'Reilly's first shorty of the year and 13th goal overall. He's well off the mark of his 28-goal, 64-point campaign from last year (44 so far this season), but with eight points in his last eight contests, O'Reilly makes for a must start right now.