With salary arbitration on the horizon, Ryan O'Reilly is looking for a bigger payday from the Colorado Avalanche.
Two sources told Adrian Dater of The Denver Post on Monday that O'Reilly is seeking $6.75 million on his contract for next season - up $250,000 raise from last season - while the Avalanche want to pay him $5.525 million. An arbitrator can't award O'Reilly less than 85 per cent of his base salary of $6.5 million last season - which is the exact amount the Avalanche are offering.
O'Reilly and the Avs filed their paperwork on Monday for their arbitration case, which is scheduled for Wednesday in Toronto.
The Avalanche elected to take O'Reilly to arbitration earlier this month. Under the rules, O'Reilly chose to take a one-year contract - given the choice of a one or two-year option.
O'Reilly, 23, is two years away from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Because the Avalanche chose to go to arbitration, they can't file again next summer but O'Reilly could still file if he's still with the team.
O'Reilly had a career year with Colorado last season, scoring 28 goals and 64 points in 80 games.
Files from The Denver Post were used for this report.