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)
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.