Ryan O'Reilly #37 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center on March 14, 2012 in Buffalo, New York. The Avalanche defeated the Sabres 5-4 in the shootout.
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O’Reilly’s dad blasts Avs management via Twitter


A day after Colorado defenseman Shane O’Brien said the contract impasse between the organization and Ryan O’Reilly was getting ugly, the situation got uglier.

O’Reilly’s father, Brian, took to Twitter on Thursday to air his grievances with the Colorado organization:

Here’s more, from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post:

I called Brian after seeing that, and while he didn’t want to say anything more publicly, it’s fair to say he didn’t back away from the comments. They’re still there for everybody to see.

So, there you have it, a bit of a peek into how things stand between the Avs and O’Reilly. Obviously, it’s a negative situation now and has been for a while. We can all debate the merits of his comments – especially those five dollar signs – but I’m not going to take sides here myself. This is between them.

O’Reilly almost certainly will be traded, but I wouldn’t count on a deal happening quickly. I believe, through my reporting, that the Avs are really going to take their time on this.

That last part is probably a big reason why the senior O’Reilly decided to make (and stand by) his comments — the frustration level in this situation has boiled over to the point of no return.

It seems highly unlikely O’Reilly will play another game in an Avalanche uniform and, knowing that, the Avs feel they can and should take as much time as possible navigating trade waters.

The wildcard in all of this, of course, is the offer sheet.

Some team could make O’Reilly a monetary commitment Colorado is unwilling to match — but there is a catch, as pointed out by Dater.

If a good team ponies up the cash and is willing to part with draft picks, the Avs might still match because the picks wouldn’t be as valuable (going on the assumption the team would finish high in the standings, and therefore receive a pick in the 20s.)

The end result is this: Colorado has all the power, and the O’Reilly camp is beyond frustrated with that.

The relationship has officially moved past ugly and is now entering toxic territory.

Preseason stats: Five goalies with good numbers, five goalies with…not

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Yeah, yeah, it’s a small sample size and it’s just the preseason, but here are some goaltending stats anyway.

Five goalies with good numbers

Anders Nilsson, Edmonton — zero goals on 53 shots. His solid play a likely factor in the decision to waive Ben Scrivens, who actually wasn’t that bad in the preseason (4 goals on 56 shots).

Martin Jones, San Jose — three goals on 100 shots. The Sharks are rolling the dice on a couple of cheap goalies. Jones and Alex Stalock have a combined cap hit of just $4.6 million.

Jacob Markstom, Vancouver — three goals on 79 shots. Can he finally get over the NHL hump? If so, he could make it a real competition with Ryan Miller.

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus — five goals on 122 shots. The Blue Jackets have scored a ton of goals in the preseason, but there remain questions about their blue line. Bobrovsky has the ability to make a so-so defense look good.

Anton Khudobin, Anaheim — two goals on 67 shots. A good early sign for the Ducks, who have Frederik Andersen in the starting role and want to give young John Gibson more time to develop in the AHL.

Five goalies with bad numbers

Thomas Greiss, Islanders — 14 goals on 94 shots. Has to be a bit of concern in Brooklyn. The Isles got below-average backup play last season from Chad Johnson. They wanted to fix that with the Greiss signing.

Robin Lehner, Buffalo — 11 goals on 95 shots. Tim Murray paid a hefty price to get the 24-year-old out of Ottawa. With the aforementioned Johnson in the backup role, the goaltending story is worth watching.

Jeff Zatkoff, Pittsburgh — 11 goals on 74 shots. Granted, Marc-Andre Fleury and Matthew Murray weren’t particularly sharp either. The Penguins conceded 28 goals in eight games.

Kari Lehtonen, Dallas — 15 goals on 84 shots. For a Stars team that desperately needs better goaltending, that has to be worrying. Antti Niemi wasn’t a whole lot better either, allowing eight goals on 65 shots. Fair question to ask — how many of all those goals were attributable to poor defensive play?

Pekka Rinne, Nashville — 12 goals on 91 shots. Has earned the benefit of the doubt, but thought we’d point it out anyway.

Flyers waive MacDonald, he of the $30M contract

Andrew MacDonald

In April of ’14, the Flyers signed d-man Andrew MacDonald to a six-year, $30 million extension.

Less than 18 months later, they’re placing him on waivers.

Philly GM Ron Hextall confirmed the move Monday morning, announcing that MacDonald would hit the wire at Noon ET. The decision comes with MacDonald still having five years and nearly $26 million left on his contract.

It’s a tough situation for both MacDonald and the club.

The Flyers acquired the 29-year-old from the Isles at the ’14 trade deadline and, at the time, MacDonald was one of the NHL’s biggest bargains, carrying just a $550,000 cap hit.

Philly thought it’d found a diamond in the rough, even though underlying possession metrics — and pundits that specialize in them — suggested otherwise. After watching MacDonald play just 19 regular-season and seven playoff games, then-GM Paul Holmgren made a big splash to retain his services.

From there, things went badly.

McDonald had a rough ’14-15 campaign, sitting as a healthy scratch on a number of occasions. Following the year, he expressed his dismay with how things went.

“It was disappointing,” MacDonald said, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Obviously, it’s not nearly the way I envisioned things going and I was pretty disappointed in myself and my own play, and just felt like things kind of snowballed throughout the year and really just didn’t work out.”

As for the future, it seems highly, highly unlikely MacDonald will be claimed on waivers. Should he clear, Philly will have the option to send him to the AHL, and receive $950,000 in salary cap relief.

That would, however, still leave the team with roughly $4 million of dead money.