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The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - January 22nd, 2014

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Thirty Thoughts featured thoughts on O'Reilly.

15. On to Ryan O'Reilly. The sense is teams would be pretty shocked if the Colorado Avalanche traded him during the season. Colorado's got a good thing going and O'Reilly is head coach Patrick Roy's kind of player and personality. He's also one of the forwards - along with Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Paul Stastny - Roy's usage indicates he trusts most in the defensive zone against the best competition.

16. For that reason, the logical move is to see how things go in the playoffs and at the bargaining table. The Avalanche must qualify O'Reilly at $6.5 million, but there's time to let that play out. I did check in with one team that asked about him last year. The GM's response? "They wanted too much then and, the way he's playing, it's not getting any cheaper now."

The Memorial Cup didn't meet the guaranteed profit, so the government had to pay the difference.

The Saskatchewan government is taking a hit of about $668,000 on the Memorial Cup junior hockey championship held in Saskatoon last May.

The province has just approved payment to the Canadian Hockey League because the event didn’t meet a profit guarantee of $3.5-million that was made when Saskatoon bid to hold the championship.

Semin will be heading to the Olympics after all.

When Russia named an Olympic roster that included 10 players from the Kontinental Hockey League, it meant a few prominent NHL players would be left off.

But now originally excluded Carolina Hurricanes winger Alexander Semin will be heading to play in his native country after being named on Tuesday as an injury replacement.