Bob McKenzie: The haven’t been any substantive talks between the Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly’s camp about a contract extension. He will be a UFA after next season. The Avalanche love him as a player, but they may not be able to or may not want to pay him market value. They need defensemen and McKenzie has always assumed they would trade him.
More of a feeling than a fact.
Reilly is a defenseman. Avs need D. ....hmmm. lol.
SoaW has it right. UFAs and RFAs are not the same thing. The thing to remember is that even though an offer sheet can be made to the player, the team that has a player under the restricted tag of free agency has ultimate bargaining power. Just because Hamilton's agents think he's worth 7 million doesn't mean Boston is going to make him a 7 million dollar man-child.
If Boston doesn't offer Hamilton 7 million and no team is willing to offer-sheet him...
7 million is just a dream number in some agents head... and lets be honest they're not going to offer him anywhere NEAR 7 million.
Subban didn't get a big pay day in his first RFA years... didn't get an offer sheet.
Hamilton is going to be exactly the same.
Offer sheets get brought up EVERY year and EVERY year they don't happen. They're too risky.
GMs can't afford to lose draft picks, most can't afford to offer big cap numbers to ensure a player will accept an offer sheet, and they can't afford to back another GM into cap hell without losing the ability to negotiate/trade with them at a later date or without the possibility of getting screwed over themselves with a retaliatory offer-sheet.
After all this offer-sheet talk is said and done, in the end, Hamilton will get a 2 or 3 year bridge deal, at $3.5-4 million. Watch it happen.
What would the money matter. Babs has already said his decision comes down to winning and what his family wants.
If he goes to Buffalo, it's clearly because they've got a better chance of winning than Detroit...lol.
I don't blame him for not showing all of his cards when it comes to what he wants or is looking for...
I'm sure in talking to other teams, he's gotten a lot of different offers with a lot of different levels of opportunity.
I certainly don't blame Babcock for not saying that part of the decision is the money... he's already got people that think it's all about the money anyway.
...but as far as winning goes. Yes, Detroit has the better chance of winning a Cup sooner than Buffalo does.
HOWEVER, if we continue in the same trajectory with players, types of off-season/in-season/trade-deadline moves, coaching, etc. are we any closer to doing anything more than what we've been doing for the past few seasons.
I'm torn about whether I want him to stay or go and I really don't care how much he gets paid.
I'm just glad this should all be over by tomorrow and we can end "Babwatch"
As far as I know, we traded away our 2nd and got a 3rd back in the Cole trade. And we lost our 3rd in last years draft in the Turgeon trade... That would leave us with 1, 3 (from Dallas), 4, 5, 6, 7...