COLORADO AVALANCHE

Avalanche and O'Reilly agree to new deal

By Drew Spevak
Avalanche/ NHL Reporter
ESPNDenver.com
Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center on October 4
 
It took until the 11th hour, but the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O'Reilly agreed to terms on a two-year deal avoiding arbitration with the restricted free agent.

According to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, the two sides were just outside the conference room where the arbitration was set to commence in Toronto when both sides agreed to the deal, avoiding what could have been an awkward and contensious situation.

The deal will pay O'Reilly $5.8 million this coming season, and $6.2 million in 2015-16 which puts the teams best left winger on par with Matt Duchene for the top salary on the team.

"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 campwith a lot of excitement."

The Avalanche have said that they will continue to work toward a long term deal with the 23-year-old Lady Byng Trophy winner, however O'Reilly is set to become an unrestricted free agent once this new deal expires, leaving the Avalanche with a limited time to get a long deal struck before he hits the open market.

With O'Reilly's new deal, it puts the Avalanche with a little less than $3 million to sign another restricted in free agent in Tyson Barrie.

Drew Spevak covers the Colorado Avalanche for ESPNDenver.com. Follow him on Twitter @DrewSpevak.

Avalanche selected for seven National TV games

By Drew Spevak
Avalanche/ NHL Reporter
ESPNDenver.com
Photo courtesy of The Denver Post
 
Coming off a turnaround season, it was announced on Tuesday that the Colorado Avalanche will be featured seven times on the NBC Sports Network next season.

The national television schedule will kick off on opening night when the Avalanche travel to St. Paul, MN for a rematch of last years first round series with the Minnestoa Wild on Thursday, October 9th.

Colorado will face-off against former teammate Paul Stastny and the St. Louis Blues on December 23rd in Denver and January 19th in St. Louis then against their former rival Detroit Red Wings at home on February 5th.

The Avalanche will battle the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings with both games from Pepsi Center on February 18th and March 10th.

The teams final scheduled game on NBCSN will be in San Jose on April 1st.

NBC announced that the Chicago Blackhawks will lead the way in national television appearances with 20. I'm surprised that the Avalanche and Blackhawks will not face-off in any of the NBC or NBCSN games this season given the attraction of both teams and that they have played some of the most competitive games in the league the last couple years.

The Bruins, Capitals, Flyers, Kings and Sharks will each make 12 appearances across NBC and NBCSN, while seven other teams will appear 11 times.

56 of the 103 telecasts will feature Western Conference teams.

The NBC Sports Group also announced that they will have flex scheduling once again on Sunday's which could allow the Avalanche to appear more than what is already scheduled.

Drew Spevak covers the Colorado Avalanche and NHL for ESPNDenver.com. Follow him on Twitter @DrewSpevak.

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