Re: DK/Boychuk for O'Reilly Y/N?
posted at 7/12/2014 9:47 AM EDT
A couple quick thoughts on this.
- I don't think it needs to be Boychuk, unless you want that for cap reasons. I think the Avs would be happy with Krejci and just about anything else. O'Reilly is starting to stink up the room like a dead fish in Denver. I think they'll try really hard to make nice (they have to) but if they can bring back an all-star caliber center and a roster d-man, I think they'd be happy. (not that it matters, but Boychuk came up through the Avs system into the AHL, before they gave up on him and traded him to Boston)
-There is some bad news for anyone who signs O'Reilly. He has essentially held out twice before his 23rd birthday to a franchise that drafted him and gave him every chance to succeed immediately. He wants big money. He wanted more than Stastny, and St. Louis just threw $7 mil per at him. He doesn't want a 'bridge deal'. He has a shark for an agent and a meddling Lindrosian father, and both father and agent hammer the team in the press come contract time. I'm guessing he wants 6 yrs, $42 million.
-O'Reilly's father actually wrote a letter to the Denver Post, for publication, during that last hold-out detailing what a special player his son was and ripping the Avs for being a loser organization. One of the most completely idiotic things I can remember reading. Imagine that in Boston? There is some baggage to consider here.
-O'Reilly is a lot different than Krejci too. A lot more like Bergeron. Always nice to have good two-way centers who do all of the intangibles, but O'Reilly doesn't bring back a lot of the things that Krejci gives the Bruins. Like the slick passing, finesse, and those crazy skilled hands. He's not gonna set people up the way Krejci does. You'd have Bergeron and Bergeron2 as your top two centers.
-I love watching O'Reilly play and he would absolutely be a fan favorite if it wasn't for his contract negotiations. But I still think I favor sticking with the core for now, making salary sacrifices where you have to, and adding small bit pieces to help.