Ryan O'Reilly speaks about not wanting to be in Toronto
BY LIAM JULY 17, 2023 (10:09 PM)
Regardless of being his hometown team trying to compete for a Stanley Cup, O'Reilly was not truly interested in staying with the Leafs, promptly signing with the Nashville Predators on the first day of free agency for four years, at $4.5M each year.
On an interview this morning with First Take of TSN Radio, O'Reilly explained his decision to leave very candidly. When asked about the additional microscope placed on the Leafs had an effect on his free agency decision, O'Reilly replied:
It had been previously speculated that O'Reilly felt it difficult to deal with the additional personal stresses to playing in his hometown, and although he weighs it with the positives of his experience in Toronto, he does confirm that sentiment. Playing in Nashville, O'Reilly will be able to focus more solely on his play, but will be dealing with a far less talented team, and far longer odds to compete for another Stanley Cup.
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