Flames did research before O'Reilly offer sheet

Updated: March 1, 2013, 7:39 PM ET
Associated Press

CALGARY, Alberta -- Calgary Flames general manager Jay Feaster says the team performed due diligence before signing Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly to an offer sheet.

The Flames released a statement Friday after Rogers Sportsnet in Canada reported that O'Reilly would have been placed on waivers if the Avalanche hadn't matched Calgary's offer sheet on Thursday.

Had the deal played out that way, the Flames would have lost a first- and third-round draft pick and O'Reilly, who ...

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