Avalanche Sign O’Reilly To Contract Before Arbitration
DENVER (CBS4)– The Colorado Avalanche signed forward Ryan O’Reilly to a two-year contract through the 2015-2016 season. The signing avoids arbitration.
“We are pleased to have Ryan under contract,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “We are looking at the upcoming training camp and season with a lot of excitement.”
O’Reilly, 23, captured the 2014 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for “sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.” He became only the second player in franchise history to win the Lady Byng Trophy, joining Joe Sakic in 2001.
O’Reilly led the Avalanche with a career-high 28 goals this past season, the most by a Colorado player since 2009-10. He also led the club in power-play goals (9) and game winners (6-tied) and ranked first among Avalanche forwards in ice time (19:49). O’Reilly finished third on the team with a career-high 64 points.
Selected by Colorado in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2009 Entry Draft, O’Reilly has recorded 191 points, 73 goals, 118 assists, in 345 career NHL games. He has added seven points in 13 postseason contests.