Ryan O’Reilly

What a difference a summer makes. Five months ago, the Blues were sputtering to the end of their season, losing five of their final six games to miss the playoffs by just one point. Fans were disgusted with their team and their general manager, certain that they were headed towards another offseason with minor tweaks
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His words cut to the chase. “Right now we have a losing culture here,” said Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill at his season-ending news conference. “It stinks that we won’t be watching live playoff hockey right now.” The Sabres had missed the postseason again, extending their franchise-worst playoff drought to seven seasons. They finished
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In today’s rumor rundown, the Arizona Coyotes released some interesting video footage showing their process through the 2018 NHL Draft, Mark Stone may become the highest-paid NHL’er ever to come out of an arbitration hearing, the Blackhawks are looking to add a veteran while rumors exist they are trying to trade a veteran and a
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Ask an arbitrator and they’ll tell you that when both sides of a deal think they made out like bandits, it’s usually a fair and even outcome. Armchair general managers on both sides are having a field day with the trade that was consummated Sunday night between the Buffalo Sabres and St. Louis Blues. The
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It’s hard to imagine there could be greater divide over a single player on the Buffalo Sabres roster more than Robin Lehner. But, times have changed. Move over Robin — it’s Ryan O’Reilly’s turn. After O’Reilly’s comments at locker room cleanout day that he’d “lost passion for the game at times this year,” he’s become
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During the offseason, the Buffalo Sabres’ captaincy was one of the most fiercely debated topics. A vast majority of the fan base felt that Ryan O’Reilly and Jack Eichel were the only viable options on the roster. O’Reilly supporters cited his veteran experience and leadership ability. Since arriving in Western New York, he has served
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Take a moment and think about the great captains in NHL history. Players like Steve Yzerman, Mark Messier, and Joe Sakic probably come to mind, but what made them great leaders? Perhaps it was their skill level, or maybe they were just natural motivators. Very few men have had the chance to share a locker
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The end of the 2014-15 season seemed to mark a turning point for the Colorado Avalanche. The team was coming off a disappointing regression in 2015, and as we saw in the third part of the Odyssey of Idiocy, there were plenty of reasons for this, bad drafting being chief among them. The 2015 draft
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The Ryan O’Reilly trade is a deal that is looked at through many different lenses. Some people see it is yet another misstep of an organization that has lost all of its senses. Others see it as a necessary move that brought back an impressive haul of future prospects for the situation in which the
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