The ongoing dispute between Ryan O'Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche have been well documented over the last few months so I won't be telling what you already know. However, It's interesting to look at the situation under another perspective.
Early in his career, Ryan O'Reilly was tagged as the next Avs captain. He was praised for his leadership and his maturity while fellow ''draftmate'' Matt Duchene was never reconized for having those qualities but was perceived as the franchise center.
Here's what Duchene had to say about the case of Ryan O'Reilly:
"We all have our different priorities and values. With him, I don't know what the conversations are between him and the team, and I don't know what they are between him and his agent. But at the end of the day, he's a pro, he's a guy who's looking for something. You have to respect that. It's a business.
Would I have done it that way? Obviously not. I'm here right now. I have a great contract. I love my contract. There's nothing wrong with it. Would I have loved a long-term one at some point? Of course. Everybody wants a long-term contract, but you have to earn it. Obviously, I had two good first years and last year, there were some question marks. I know that.
For the Avalanche, it's a business too. They can't go out and say, 'We'll give him the benefit of the doubt.' They wanted me to prove it. They're my employer. I have to do it. That's the way I looked at it. That's the way my agent looked at it, and I was just thrilled to re-sign and get a deal done and get that distraction out of the way early in the summer.
Paychecks are great. You want to get as much money as you can in this game, but for me, I love this game so much, I love this team and this franchise and this city, there's no way I could have held out. I'm not saying what he is doing is wrong or right. It's his own business and we're going to leave it at that, but when you ask me about the contrast, when that was your question to me, that was what was behind my decision."
What do you think about that?
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