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Friday's Dump & Chase: Colorado Matches O'Reilly Offer Sheet

Just as the Nashville Predators had their hand forced last summer by the Philadelphia Flyers after an offer sheet was signed by Shea Weber, the Colorado Avalanche have young forward Ryan O'Reilly back in the fold, after the Calgary Flames tried to snatch him away with a hefty contract.

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Doug Pensinger

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Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Avalanche match Ryan O'Reilly Offer Sheet - Mile High Hockey
Colorado management didn't keep fans waiting, it was only a matter of hours before they announced that they were matching the deal extended by Calgary.

Ryan O’Reilly saga ends – or is it just beginning? - Denver Post
Because of the way the offer sheet is structured, the Avs may well be forced to trade O'Reilly in a year or two. He'll make $6.5 million in 2013-2014, and because he would be an RFA after that, the Avs would need to offer him at least that much going forward or risk letting him walk away unrestricted.

Should Jamie Benn be suspended for crosschecking Ryan Jones? | Edmonton Journal
I don't know about a suspension, but what a stupid play by Benn.

Capitals Claim Aaron Volpatti Off Waivers From Canucks - Nucks Misconduct
Apparently Washington needs a face-masher.

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Gordie Howe’s one-of-a-kind ferocity a distant memory for present NHL - National Post
How is it that the NHL doesn't have anything of significance named after Mr. Hockey? That's an honor which is looooooong past overdue.