Blues’ playoff run rekindling Ryan O’Reilly’s love for the game


Ryan O’Reilly is a Canadian professional ice hockey center for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). O’Reilly was drafted into the 33rd place in the 2009 NHL draft by the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he spent the first six seasons of his career in the NHL.

Notably, during 2015, O’Reilly was traded to Buffalo Sabers, where he would play three seasons until he was transferred to Blues in 2018. O’Reilly won his first Stanley Cup with Blues in 2019 over the Boston Bruins and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy for being the most valuable player in the 2019 playoffs.

Now, it has been said that from head to head, madly, truly, deeply in love. O’Reilly loves so much that it hurts. No doubt hockey and the Stanley Cup playoffs can do that to you. And it’s clearly spring and Ryan O’Reilly is in love with the game.

Relive the love of the game

It is already well known that a year ago, O’Reilly spoke from his heart when he told reporters after another dark season with the Buffalo Sabers that he had lost his love for the game, and that players had become “OK with losing”.

In this way, O’Reilly indicated exactly, “I’ve lost the love of the game multiple times and just need to get back to it because it’s eating myself up, and the other guys up, too”, also said, “It’s tough”.

A rigorous captain of the Sabers and a nine-year veteran of the National Hockey League, universally respected in the game, O’Reilly’s crude assessment was an intervention, an attempt to bring about a change in Buffalo’s culture. Instead, he changed the Blues of San Luis.

That being the case, the Sabers traded O’Reilly to the Blues hours before he expired the payment of a signing bonus of $ 7.5 million on July 1, part of the seven-year, $ 52.5 million contract he signed in 2015. Buffalo recovered a stack of assets that included the first round selection of St. Louis this June and the former first round Tage Thompson.

Currently, O’Reilly says, “It’s the most fun I’ve ever had playing hockey”, he says. “(Playoffs) are also the toughest hockey I’ve ever had. But it’s a beautiful time in the game, for sure”.

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Source: Iain MacIntyre | SportsNet

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