Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly during the warmup period of the Edmonton Oilers NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche at Rexall Place in Edmonton on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI AGENCY)
The Colorado Avalanche can call Ryan O’Reilly a lot of things for holding out for a meatier contract, but captain is not one of them.
Contract negotiations between 22-year-old centre and the team he led in points last season have broken off as of Wednesday.
According to the Denver Post, the biggest reason for the impasse is money. The Avs offered O’Reilly a five-year $17 million deal — the first of that length since Paul Stastny's 2008 deal — but it wasn't enough.
One of the other issues, according to the Post, is that the Avalanche didn't include the team captaincy in the deal. Instead, the Avs named Gabriel Landeskog captain for this season.
TORTS THE KING OF PIMS
John Tortorella and the New York Rangers are leading the NHL in bench minors.
During the second period of their 4-3 shootout win over the Boston Bruins Tuesday night, the Rangers were penalized for too many on the ice.
That was the sixth bench minor for the team in 12 games.
When pressed to give more details on the penalties, Tortorella balked.
“Another too-many-men, huh?” he told the New York Post. “No. I don’t want to expand on it. It stinks. What do you want me to say?
“It’s stupid. It sucks. It’s brutal. I can use a lot of different things.”
Last season, the Rangers only had seven bench minors through 82 games.
JAGR PASSES ROBITAILLE ON ALL-TIME GOALS LIST
Jaromir Jagr’s lucky number is 669.
That’s the amount of goals he’s scored during 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, placing him ahead of Luc Robitaille for 10th place on the league's all-time goal scoring list.
Jagr netted his record-breaking marker Tuesday night against the Edmonton Oilers’ Devan Dubnyk.
He’s 21 goals shy of tying former teammate and NHL legend Mario Lemieux, who has 690 goals over 17 seasons.
VERSTEEG ALL SHOOK UP
After returning to the Florida Panthers lineup from a groin injury, Kris Versteeg is back on the mend.
The Panthers winger was hit from behind by Alexander Ovechkin Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.
Versteeg left the ice, only to return to drop the gloves with the Caps captain. Versteeg is questionable for the Panthers’ Thursday night game against the Montreal Canadiens.