The Blues are already at a $67 million cap hit next season with 13 players signed to deals. That leaves just under $16 million in available cap space to sign 8 players next offseason.
Will Ryan O’Reilly re-sign or test the free agent market?
The St. Louis Blues will not be able to afford his current cap hit of $7.5 million. He will likely have to take a pay cut if he wants to remain a Blue and take a salary of $4-5 million/year.
If O’Reilly is seeking another big pay day, he likely will test the free agent market and see what other teams may offer him.
What is Ryan O’Reilly saying about his contract status
Lou Korac of NHL.com reports Ryan O’Reilly would like to remain a St. Louis Blue but not for a cheap hometown discount.
If no contract extension was agreed upon this offseason, it is likely the player and team management are not on agreement for a new contract. It is looking like O’Reilly will be another casualty of the salary cap and will likely be playing for another team next season.
O’Reilly is still a productive player at 31 years of age. Last season he put up 58 points (21 goals, 37 assists) in 78 games.