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Flames would have lost Ryan O'Reilly to waivers had Avalanche not matched offer sheet

Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche and Curtis Glencross of the Calgary Flames in Calgary at...

Ryan O'Reilly of the Colorado Avalanche and Curtis Glencross of the Calgary Flames in Calgary at the Saddledome, Nov. 17, 2009. (Al CHAREST/QMI Agency)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:34 PM ET

CALGARY - Did the Colorado Avalanche do the Calgary Flames a big favour by matching the offer-sheet given to Ryan O'Reilly?

It would appear so.

According to a report by Sportsnet.ca, the Flames would have been forced to put O'Reilly on waivers after signing him and surrendering a first- and third-round draft choice in the 2013 draft, since the centre played KHL games after the NHL season kicked off Jan. 19.

It's almost a certainty another team would have snapped up the 22-year-old centre who collected 18 goals and 55 points last season.


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