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As first reported by TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly both
confirmed Wednesday morning that the two sides agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth 12 million dollars. The contract will pay him 5.8M in 2014-15 and 6.2M in 2015-16. The deal was struck between Pat Morris and Joe Sakic in the waking hours of the arbitration hearing scheduled for later today in Toronto.
It’s a deal that came as a shock to an entire fan base. In fact, the entire NHL world, if following the O’Reilly saga closely, is at a loss of words that the two sides actually agreed on something. It’s also a deal that shows the Avalanche and O’Reilly are willing to work together to keep this relationship together as long as possibly. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe it was a deal struck to avoid the arbitration mess and to end this relationship once and for all. There are a lot of scenarios that could play out. Let’s take a look at what it all means.
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