Calgary general manager Jay Feaster made an ill-advised decision to sign restricted free-agent winger Ryan O'Reilly to a two-year, $10-million offer sheet Thursday, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch writes.
Feaster's offer was matched quickly by Colorado. Across the NHL, league executives are rolling their eyes, Garrioch claims, wondering what Feaster was thinking. Avs GM Greg Sherman isn't beyond reproach either, but thanks to the Flames he gets one of his top players back at an inflated price. "Calgary should have known (the Avs) were going to match it no matter what," Garrioch quotes a league insider as saying. "By doing this, what they've done is given a division rival one of their best players back instead of having that guy traded elsewhere.The Flames have given the Avs a top-six forward and the ammo that could knock Calgary out of a playoff race. This could really end badly for the Flames." To make matters worse, Sportsnet reported because O'Reilly played two games in the KHL during the lockout, he would have had to clear waivers to report to Calgary. There isn't a chance that he would have gotten through untouched. Colorado could've claimed him.