Is there still hope the Avalanche can sign Ryan O'Reilly to a long-term contract and he won't go to arbitration? While it seems unlikely, based on the history between the sides, that remains the goal of Joe Sakic, the Avs' executive vice president of hockey operations.

"We're going to focus on getting Ryan signed," Sakic said. "We want Ryan to be here, and be here a long time. Now that we're done with the draft and free agency, we'll be getting in contact with (Pat Morris, his agent)."

The Avs last month filed for arbitration against O'Reilly, whose salary last season was $6.5 million but his salary cap hit was $5 million. Under rules of arbitration, O'Reilly can choose a one- or two-year offer from the mediator and his salary for 2014-15 can't be less than 85 percent of his last base salary, which means he will make at least $5.525 million.

Morris, who didn't return a call Thursday, told Canadian television network Sportsnet last month: "Ryan is unrestricted in two years, and under the model now, given that Colorado has 'arbed' him, short term looks like what the future is for Ryan going forward, possibly year to year or for the next two years. ... Some people might look a little sideways that a team has done that to a special player, but they certainly have the business right to do that and Ryan is mature, but there's a history a little bit on the previous contract and Ryan is a stubborn young man."