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O’Reilly & Avs Appear Over, Report Says He Wanted To Be Captain

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Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Ryan O’Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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DENVER (CBS4) – It appears Ryan O’Reilly may have played his last game for the Colorado Avalanche.

Published reports in the U.S. and Canada claim the Avs are trying to work out a trade with an Eastern Conference team.

O’Reilly is holding out for a deal that would pay him about $5 million a year. The Avs are holding firm at a 2-year deal worth $7 million. That’s the same contract they gave Matt Duchene.

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche skates at the Pepsi Center on Jan. 22, 2013 . (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche skates at the Pepsi Center on Jan. 22, 2013. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

They’ve also offered O’Reilly a 5-year deal worth $17 million.

O’Reilly was terrific last year with 18 goals and 37 assists. But the Avs don’t want to pay him more than they think he’s worth and now it looks like he may soon be playing elsewhere.

The Denver Post also reported that people who know O’Reilly think he was upset when the Avs didn’t make him captain last summer, opting to giving the captaincy to Gabriel Landeskog. The report says that could be the reason O’Reilly played hardball in negotiations.

Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center on January 22, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 3-1.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center on January 22, 2013 in Denver. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 3-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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