Cal O'Reilly only produced one goal with a minus-6 rating in 11 games at hockey's highest level last season with Buffalo, but managed nine goals and 33 assists over a 47-game span with AHL Rochester. He'll likely add depth in the AHL for the Wild.
O'Reilly signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Saturday, TSN reports. The deal is worth $700,000 in the NHL and $375,000 in the minors. The NHL payout for O'Reilly is the same amount as his last deal with the Sabres, but the difference with the Wild buying into him is that he'll receive just over half of that figure if he's ultimately sent to AHL Iowa. O'Reilly only produced one goal with a minus-6 rating in 11 games at hockey's highest level last season, but managed nine goals and 33 assists over a 47-game span with AHL Rochester.
O'Reilly, who has placed on waivers Thursday, was not claimed by any team, John Vogl of The Buffalo News reports. It's not exactly surprising, though the last time the Sabres waived their fourth-line center, Derek Grant, the Predators claimed him. Through 11 games with the Sabres, O'Reilly has not made much of an impact, averaging 7:56 per game and registering just one assist with a minus-6 rating. It's a big drop from last year, when he scored seven points in 20 games for the Sabres while averaging 11:11 per game, including 1:57 on the power play. The Sabres are looking for quality depth, and it's clear O'Reilly isn't part of the solution. His fantasy remains almost nil.
O'Reilly will not play Thursday against the Rangers, the Olean Times Herald reports. O'Reilly hasn't produced much since getting called up from AHL Rochester, producing just one assist in seven games. He played less than five minutes against Dallas prior to the All-Star break and a little over six minutes against Montreal on Tuesday. Nicolas Deslauriers will take his place as the fourth-line center with Tyler Ennis and William Carrier on the wings.
O'Reilly was brought up from AHL Rochester on Monday. O'Reilly has fared significantly better in the minors this season, as he has racked up 34 points in 36 outings -- second highest on the team. In the NHL, however, the 30-year-old has appeared in a mere four contests and failed to secure a single point. With Johan Larsson (wrist) done for the year, O'Reilly figures to be the Sabres' fourth-line center for the bulk of the remaining games.
The Sabres assigned O'Reilly to AHL Rochester on Saturday. O'Reilly's demotion suggest Jack Eichel (ankle) may be ready to return to the Sabres' lineup as soon as Tuesday against the Senators. However, if Eichel isn't available for that contest, O'Reilly will likely once again be recalled to the big club to round out Buffalo's depth at forward. The 30-year-old pivot has failed to tally a single point in four games with the Sabres this season.
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