Friday, March 1, 2013
Did Flames botch O'Reilly offer?
By Doug McIntyre
Just how inept is the Calgary Flames front office these days?
According to Sportsnet.ca's Chris Johnston, the Western Conference strugglers actually lucked out when the Colorado Avalanche matched its offer sheet for restricted free agent forward Ryan O'Reilly on Thursday. Apparently, the Flames didn't realize that O’Reilly would have had to clear waivers before arriving in Alberta.
And of course, he wouldn't have. There's no doubt that another team would have quickly stepped up to claim O'Reilly, who scored 55 points for the Avs last season. And because the Flames would have already surrendered first- and third-round draft picks had Colorado not matched, they would have mortgaged their future for nothing.
Embarrassing? Absolutely. Had the deal done down, it's hard to imagine that Flames GM Jay Feaster wouldn't have paid for the oversight with his job.