After months of stalemate contract negotiations, it appears as though Ryan O'Reilly's days in Colorado are numbered as sources report the Colorado Avalanche are looking to trade the talented young center.
One of the league's most promising young forwards, Ryan O'Reilly is known for his relentless work ethic and skills both on the offensive and defensive ends of the ice.
After an impressive, breakout season in which O'Reilly put up 55 points (18 goals, 37 assists) last season, it was originally reported that O'Reilly was seeking a $5 million-per-year contract.
Understandably, the Avalanche weren't willing to throw him that kind of money considering he's only in his third year in the NHL, and they signed their third overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft pick Matt Duchene (O'Reilly was picked 33rd overall) to a 2 year $7 million contract this past offseason.
It's also been reported that O'Reilly was irked when the Avalanche picked Gabriel Landeskog to be the team's captain instead of O'Reilly.
Either way, it seems like both sides will need to move their separate ways.
It'll be exceedingly important for the Avs to receive adequate compensation for O'Reilly as he was one of the franchise's cornerstone pieces moving forward and the franchise cannot afford to trade him for little value in return.
Here are some trades I can see taking place for O'Reilly: