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Watching Paul Stastny walk away might influence how Avalanche executive vice president Joe Sakic and head coach Patrick Roy handle the Ryan O'Reilly situation.

The team elected for salary arbitration with O'Reilly, so the team is in control when it comes to whether or not they want him back for 2014-15. That being said, it won't be long before O'Reilly's an unrestricted free agent and given their negotiating history with him, it's unlikely that O'Reilly will give them a hometown discount when the time comes. The Avalanche might opt to trade him before it reaches that point rather than risk getting now in return, as was the case when Stastny walked.

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With the free agent market dying down, the Colorado Avalanche can refocus on Ryan O'Reilly.

Avalanche executive vice president Joe Sakic said that they want O'Reilly to stay in Colorado for a "long time," but signing him to a long-term contract might be tricky. As things are, the team has filed for arbitration to try and force the restricted free agent to take less than the $6.5 million he earned in 2013-14. We don't expect this matter to be resolved in the near future.

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Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly was the runaway winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy at the NHL Awards Tuesday night.

The Lady Byng is awarded to "the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability," and considering he was assessed only two penalty minutes in 80 games played, it's no surprise the Colorado forward received the honor. Martin St. Louis and San Jose's Patrick Marleau finished second and third in the voting, respectively.

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Coach Patrick Roy doesn't think Ryan O'Reilly's rocky contract situation is anything personal.

"At this time of the year, it's no different for other teams. It's an unpleasant time. It's a negotiation, and Ryan has to do what he thinks is the best," said Roy. "Obviously, as a team, you always wish players are buying into your structure, buying into your plan, and Joe (Sakic) is doing a super job. He's the one dealing with the contracts. From a coaching perspective, I don't see it as a problem." Sakic hasn't spoken with O'Reilly's agent, Pat Morris, since the team filed for salary arbitration.

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Joe Sakic said Monday that there has been contact between the Avalanche and Pat Morris, the agent for Ryan O'Reilly, since the team filed for arbitration earlier in the month.

Sakic has previously stated that the Avs would like to keep O'Reilly in a Colorado uniform "for a long time", but the filing for arbitration was a calculated move by the club. Although the two sides haven't negotiated of late, there remains a decent chance he could re-sign with the team.

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Ryan O'Reilly called the Colorado Avalanche deciding to file for arbitration against him a "smart" move on their part.

O'Reilly admitted that he's a little frustrated that he's stuck in contract limbo again, but he's confident something will be worked out. The reason the Avalanche filed for arbitration was probably so that they could lock him up to something less than the $6.5 million he earned in 2013-14.

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Ryan O'Reilly is the favorite to win the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

O'Reilly, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, is listed as the 2/3 favorite by oddsmakers. Patrick Marleau (who has been nominated for the Byng before) is listed as 5/1, while three-time winner (including last season) Martin St. Louis is listed as 14/1. The Trophy will be awarded in a tape-delayed broadcast from Las Vegas next week.

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Ryan O'Reilly apparently had shoulder surgery recently, which he is still recovering from.

He's expected to be ready for training camp, but it will be interesting to see which team he'll be playing for by then. He appears to be embroiled in another sticky contract situation with the Avalanche and there's a possibility that he could be traded.

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Executive Vice President of hockey operations Joe Sakic says the Avalanche intend to have Ryan O'Reilly signed for a "long time."

The relationship between Colorado and O'Reilly has turned a bit sour again with regard to his perceived monetary value. "We just have a different point of view on where the starting point is," said Sakic. "His agent, Pat, seems to think he signed a one-year, $6.5 million deal and forgot about the $3.5 million first year." Contract negotiations were contentious between the two sides before he signed a two-year, $10 million deal after the lockout ended in 2013. It wouldn't be surprising if it all resulted in O'Reilly being traded elsewhere, but for now the Avalanche appear to be focused on re-signing him.

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The Colorado Avalanche might want to trade Ryan O'Reilly sooner rather than later.

The Avalanche have already file for club-elected salary arbitration with O'Reilly in the hopes of forcing him to take less than the $6.5 million contract he would have gotten had Colorado qualified him instead. Coming off a 28-goal, 64-point season, O'Reilly might counter by signing another offer sheet with another club. That would put the Avalanche in a position where they would either have to match the deal or accept draft picks in return for the 23-year-old forward. Given that those draft picks won't be particularly appealing if O'Reilly signs with a good team, it's probable that Colorado will match the deal, but that would put them in a position where they won't be able to trade him for a calender year. O'Reilly's window to sign an offer sheet is from July 1-5, so this could play out very quickly.