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Avalanche Sign O’Reilly To Contract Before Arbitration

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Marco Scandella #6 of the Minnesota Wild and Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the Colorado Avalanche skate after the puck during the first period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 28, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Marco Scandella #6 of the Minnesota Wild and Ryan O’Reilly #90 of the Colorado Avalanche skate after the puck during the first period in Game Six of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 28, 2014 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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.”

Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche poses after winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy during the 2014 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on June 24, 2014 in Las Vegas. (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Ryan O’Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche poses after winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy during the 2014 NHL Awards at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on June 24, 2014 in Las Vegas. (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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.

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