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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL July 24th, 2014

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Cory Sarich is in the hospital after being struck by a motor vehicle while he was training.

His injuries are not considered life-threatening. The timeline for his recovery and return to the NHL is uncertain.

"It's been a rough couple of days and I'm grateful for the support I've been receiving from the medical team here and from family and friends," Sarich said. "My wife, Reagan, and I appreciate all of the kind words and encouragement."

Could Stamkos be interested in playing for the Leafs in a few years?

LeBron James going home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers led to speculation about whether a star NHL player might do the same in the near future.

Naturally, Steven Stamkos was at the centre of that speculation. The Tampa Bay Lightning captain and Markham, Ont., native could be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016, and the allure of playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs could be there.

"We’ll see what happens. It’s a couple years away," Stamkos said Wednesday. "Right now I’m focused on what I have to do to win in Tampa, and I think we’ve really established ourselves as a team that can compete in upcoming years.

"For me, that’s the important thing is getting a chance to win. It looks like we’re going to have that chance for a couple years."

The biggest news for Avs fans was Ryan O'Reilly's contract.

Ryan O'Reilly cashed in on a career year and avoided arbitration with the Colorado Avalanche, agreeing to a two-year deal with the NHL club on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports said it's for $12 million U.S.

O'Reilly is just entering his prime, and led the surprise Avalanche with a career-high 28 goals and 64 points last season.

"We are pleased to have Ryan under contract," Avalanche executive vice-president Joe Sakic told the team's official website. "We are looking at the upcoming training camp and season with a lot of excitement."

National Post has an interview with Dominic Moore. If you are in Toronto, you can buy Smashfest tickets here.

Dominic Moore, the youngest of three brothers who played hockey at Harvard before their careers veered into three dramatically different paths, used to play tennis at a competitive level. He played in tournaments with his middle brother, Steve, as a teenager and played at Harvard until his hockey coach made it clear he “wasn’t keen on the idea.”

Moore has been to Wimbledon (as a spectator), and is planning to watch some of the U.S. Open next month, before the New York Rangers open training camp. Earlier this week, in a small meeting room at the NHL Players’ Association offices in Toronto, Moore was wearing a baseball hat from one of Roger Federer’s clothing lines.

“I was going to go over to Wimbledon at the end of June,” he said. “I was probably going to be able to meet him there and stuff, but I had to put that off because of the playoffs. And I had to be in Vegas.”