Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly, a restricted free agent, has left Russian team Metallurg Magnitogorsk after the player and Kontinental Hockey League team mutually agreed to terminate his contract on Thursday.
The news comes just hours after Avs forward Steve Downie was ruled out for the season because of a knee injury that will require surgery.
According to rsport.ru, the club released O'Reilly from the deal because of fears that he would return to North America at some point after the KHL signing window closes on Jan. 31. O'Reilly had signed a two-year deal with Metallurg last month, but it contained an out clause allowing him to leave if offered more money by a NHL franchise, according to the report.
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