Report: Avs feel they have ‘no choice’ but to trade O’Reilly

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From Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos:

A $60 million contract over eight years would garner a cap hit of $7.5 million. Matt Duchene, in contrast, has a cap hit of $6 million. Paul Stastny left Colorado last summer for St. Louis, where he signed a four-year deal with a cap hit of $7 million.

We wrote last week about O’Reilly, and how the Avalanche need to hit a home run if they do decide to trade him.

O’Reilly can’t sign a contract extension until July 1. Considering any acquiring team will want to be certain it can keep him long-term, timing of any possible trade will be interesting.

Will it have to wait until after the draft?