Chicks and their Polls: How much gold is at the end of O'Reilly's rainbow?

DENVER - APRIL 18: Ryan O'Reilly #37 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against the San Jose Sharks in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center on April 18, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. O'Reilly collected the points for the game winning goal after the Sharks put the puck in their own net as the Avalanche defeated the Sharks 1-0 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

With Jamie McGinn headed to arbitration, the last RFA we've yet to hear about is Ryan O`Reilly. It's not surprising, really, as his next contract is tricky business. O'Reilly's coming off a career year, blowing away his two previous seasons in terms of points and responsibility. Although he was a fan favorite and trusted defensive forward during his rookie and sophomore years, solidifying his place as an NHL player, the 2011-2012 season saw a confident, offensive center who worked with rookie Gabriel Landeskog to carry the team. But what does that mean in terms of pay? If last season was an outlier, his contract should be a modest one. However, if it's an indication of what's to come, O'Reilly's contract should be more substantial. It all boils down to how Sherman & Co. view 2011-2012: outlier or predictor.

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