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Roy ‘would be surprised’ if O’Reilly is traded

Colorado Avalanche v New York Islanders

during the first period of an NHL hockey game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 8, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.

Paul Bereswill

From Nate Lundy of 104.3 The Fan in Denver:

So that’s kind of interesting.

And the Ryan O’Reilly trade speculation has sort of petered out since December and January.

To refresh your memory, O’Reilly is signed through 2015-16, after which he can become an unrestricted free agent. The 24-year-old can’t sign an extension until July 1 -- a fact that always made a trade, if one was ever going to happen, more likely to occur this summer than prior to Monday’s deadline.

So there’s still a long way to go here.

But maybe -- just maybe -- the two sides can put their contentious negotiating history in the past and get a long-term deal done.

Related: Sakic says there was ‘never any animosity’ between Avs and O’Reilly