Flames Offer Sheet for O’Reilly Almost Became Extremely Costly

  • Chris Johnston via twitter: “For what it’s worth, Bill Daly says any quotes from him refuting my story aren’t legitimate.”
  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: The Flames may have gotten real lucky that the Avalanche matched their 2-year, $10 million offer for Ryan O’Reilly.

    In a bizarre twist to an already unusual story, Sportsnet.ca has discovered that the Flames were not only in danger of losing 2013 first- and third-round draft picks as compensation if the Avs hadn’t matched the O’Reilly contract, but they also would likely have had to surrender the player before ever getting him in uniform.

    That’s because O’Reilly would have needed to clear waivers before joining the team’s roster.

    O’Reilly apparently played with Metallurg of the KHL on Jan. 21st and 23rd, both games were after the NHL season had started. This would mean that he would have to clear through waivers.

    Recently, Evgeni Nabokov, Kyle Wellwood and Marek Svatos signed with an NHL team, then found themselves claimed by another team on waivers.

    A source said that the NHL wasn’t aware that he played in Russia after the start of the season.

  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: “For those asking, yes, my understanding is if COL hadn’t matched CGY offer on O’Reilly, CGY would have had to put him on waivers to play now. What’s fascinating is that a change in the new CBA is all that separated COL from having to put O’Reilly on waivers now to get him in lineup. In old CBA, 13:23 specified any player who plays in Europe after start of NHL reg season needs waivers playing in same season in NHL. But article 13 of recent MOU, says following: All players on a Club’s Reserve List and RFA list will be exempt from application of 13:23 In other words, in this new CBA, team can sign one of its own RFAs or draft picks out of Europe in mid-season and get in lineup w/o waivers.”

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  1. #1 by hotwings at March 1st, 2013

    now, shouldnt feaster lose his job over this? how on earth can you possibly think of a worse deal?

    its like betting the farm, but if you win, you get nothing and still lose the farm.

    i dont even think that this technicality is all that obscure.. they should have known better.

  2. #2 by Galactus at March 1st, 2013

    I can only assume that once the Flames realized what they had done, that they would have waited until next year to activate O’Reilly.

  3. #3 by hotwings at March 1st, 2013

    if thats the case, then avs definitely had a chance at getting either druin, mackinnon or seth jones… a very excellent chance…

    i wonder if the avs realized that, or just jumped the gun and made a quick decision to make a strong point while the avs-flames game was still in progress.

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