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Flames sign Ryan O'Reilly to offer sheet; Avs match

The Calgary Flames have signed restricted free-agent forward Ryan O'Reilly to an offer sheet. (QMI...

The Calgary Flames have signed restricted free-agent forward Ryan O'Reilly to an offer sheet. (QMI Agency file photo)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 AM ET

DENVER - No, Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster did not arrive Thursday at Pepsi Center with tough guy Brian McGrattan by his side for protection.

He didn't leave with a new first-line centre, either.

The Flames signed restricted free agent Ryan O'Reilly, embroiled in a contract dispute with the Colorado Avalanche, to a two-year, US$10-million offer sheet just hours before Thursday's Northwest Division showdown in the Mile High City, but the intrigue didn't last long.

Even before the first intermission, about four hours into a seven-day window to ponder their options, the Avalanche matched the offer.


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