Leafs Top UFA Quiet On Resigning

Published May 15, 2023 at 11:59

The Toronto Maple Leafs are holding their end of the year locker room clean out, speaking to the media before parting ways for the summer.

Toronto's top deadline acquisition Ryan O'Reilly is a pending UFA. The 32 year old Clinton Ontario native enjoyed his time with the Leafs, scoring 4 goals and 11 points in 13 regular season games and 3 goals and 9 points in 11 playoff games.

After having a bit of a down year before the trade, O'Reilly reminded the league just how useful he can still be. O'Reilly's greatest gift is his ability to play in all situations. He has great offensive instincts but is also very defensively aware which makes him a valuable asset on the penalty kill.

O'Reilly appreciates how well the organization took care of him in his short time with the franchise. He left the door open for a return this summer:

"This organization is incredible. You see the players they have... Such an amazing place. I'm so thankful I was brought into it. Just to be part of this organization is an amazing thing but I will have some decisions to make."

Insider Chris Johnston was a lot more cool on O'Reilly returning to the blue and white next season:

"Ryan O'Reilly says he hasn't given much thought to his pending unrestricted free agency, but he certainly sounded more inclined to test the open market on July 1 than try and work out an extension with the leafs."

Toronto only has $6,612,717 in cap space available for next season with a long list of pending UFAs and need to get a deal done with pending RFA goalie Ilya Samsonov.

This was the most talented roster Toronto has ever assembled and unfortunately they weren't able to reach the goal of winning the Stanley Cup. It will be a very interesting summer in Toronto.
May 15   |   451 answers
Leafs Top UFA Quiet On Resigning

Do you think Ryan O'Reilly will be back with the Leafs?

Yes, seems like a perfect fit on this team15835 %
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