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Avalanche Sign O'Reilly to 2-Year Contract

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:49:00 +0000

Dave Sandford/Getty Images(DENVER) -- The Colorado Avalanche signed center Ryan O'Reilly to a two-year contract Wednesday that keeps the 23-year-old in Colorado through the 2015-16 season and avoids arbitration.

O'Reilly won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is given to the player that best exemplifies gentlemanly conduct, and also led the team with 28 goals last last season.

"We are pleased to have Ryan under contract," Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said. "We are looking at the upcoming training camp and season with a lot of excitement."

ESPN.com's Scott Burnside reports the contract contains a cap hit of $5.8 million in the first year and $6.2 million in the second year.

O'Reilly was selected by the Avalanche with the 33rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. During his five seasons in Colorado, O'Reilly has played in 345 games, recording 73 goals and 191 points.

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