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Ryan O'Reilly discusses What Wearing the Maple Leafs Jersey Really Meant to Him

Published June 7, 2023 at 9:50 PM
BY S. HARPER
     
Kyle Dubas, the former General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, executed what is arguably the season's most surprising trade, acquiring Ryan O'Reilly ahead of the NHL's trade deadline. The aim was to bolster the Leafs' chances for a deep playoff run.

O'Reilly Became An Instant Favorite in Leafs Nation



Regrettably, the Leafs and O'Reilly did not progress as far into the playoffs as they had hoped. However, the shortfall was not due to a lack of effort, particularly from O'Reilly, who was arguably the best Leafs forward during the playoffs.

O'Reilly is a pending unrestricted free agent (UFA) this summer but has expressed his desire to return to Leafs Nation. During an appearance on TSN's OverDrive, O'Reilly shared his experience of being a Leaf.


"It's More Then Just A Game Here"



"It's more than just a game here. It's really something above and beyond. It was like playing for the New York Yankees. It was so special, I wish every guy in the League could experience that."

O'Reilly's tenure in Toronto has undoubtedly left a lasting impression. Fans are hopeful that the new General Manager, Brad Treliving, can negotiate O'Reilly's return. However, even if that doesn't transpire, the time watching O'Reilly as a Maple Leaf was certainly memorable.



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