Ryan O'Reilly Shares What It Meant To Be A Toronto Maple Leaf

Published June 8, 2023 at 9:04

This season, the Toronto Maple Leafs carried high hopes of finally making a deep playoff run, taking that next crucial step forward.

The optimism was heightened when the former Leafs General Manager, Kyle Dubas, pulled off a surprising move, acquiring Ryan O'Reilly in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

Dubas Surprised The World Acquiring O'Reilly

O'Reilly, who becomes an unrestricted free agent (UFA) this summer, has conveyed his wish to remain with Leafs Nation. During an interview on TSN's OverDrive, he reflected on his time as a Leaf.

"It's Like Playing For The New York Yankees"

- Ryan O'Reilly

"Playing here, it's more than just a game. It's truly something extraordinary. It was like playing for the New York Yankees. The experience was so special; I wish every player in the League could experience it."

However, O'Reilly's stint in Toronto may have come to a premature end. While it would be ideal for new General Manager Brad Treliving and O'Reilly's agent to agree on a new deal, the reality could be otherwise.


With Auston Matthews and William Nylander both poised for pay rises and new deals, it appears less likely that we'll see O'Reilly return to Toronto next season.


Source:Hockey Patrol
June 8   |   105 answers
Ryan O'Reilly Shares What It Meant To Be A Toronto Maple Leaf

Can The Leafs Afford Ryan O'Reilly?

yes7066.7 %
no3533.3 %
Latest 10 stories