O’Reilly wants to stay with the Blues but ‘no real urgency’ for a new contract

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. — Ryan O’Reilly would really like to signal a contract to stay with the St. Louis Blues but mentioned it would not have to occur prior to the season.

The ahead is in the last season of a seven-year contract he signed on July 3, 2015, and may develop into an unrestricted free agent after the season.

O’Reilly mentioned after final season ended that he wants to stay with the Blues and reiterated that place Friday.

“I positively suppose that is the place I need to be and transfer ahead and issues like that,” he mentioned. “I feel that stuff will play out by itself. I’m simply preserve making an attempt to give attention to the season and the guys and being prepared right here. I’m not frightened about issues not taking part in out the proper manner. We’ll see. We’ll see how issues go.”

O’Reilly is in his fifth season with the Blues after being acquired in a commerce with the Buffalo Sabers on July 1, 2018. He was named captain Dec. 23, 2020.

“I really feel like there’s a lot extra centered on subsequent 12 months,” O’Reilly mentioned. “I really feel like as a result of we now have such a good staff and a few new faces, the focus is preparing for the season. But clearly we have sort of began some dialogue. There’s simply no real rush. We’ve obtained a very long time to determine that out and I’m not frightened [general manager] Doug [Armstrong] is frightened both. It’ll work itself out because it goes. The focus right here is on coaching camp and getting in form and preparing to go. He’s obtained a robust job too, with promoting the staff and stuff like that. I feel that is the place each of our focus is at.”

The Blues signed forwards Robert Thomas (July 13) and Jordan Kyrou (Sept. 13) every to an eight-year, $65 million contract ($8.125 million AAV), every of which begins subsequent season. That’s left some questions as to how the Blues may match O’Reilly’s new contract underneath the NHL wage cap.

O’Reilly mentioned that is not a concern and there isn’t any real rush to get one thing completed.

“I feel after being round, I feel if I used to be youthful, I feel it will be extra of a difficulty and such, but I really feel like I’ve been established,” the 31-year-old mentioned. “I sort of know the place I stand. There’s no real urgency. Hopefully we discover a manner to make it work. I really feel I’m completely happy with simply ready and simply specializing in the season. Hopefully issues play out the proper manner, but once more , the focus is right here and on coaching camp.”

Blues coach Craig Berube believes the contract challenge is not going to be a distraction for O’Reilly.

“He’s a team-first man,” Berube mentioned. “That’s one thing we stress right here all the time as you already know. I do not suppose that is going to have an effect on him.”

O’Reilly had 58 factors (21 objectives, 37 assists) in 78 regular-season video games final season and helped the Blues attain the Western Conference Second Round earlier than shedding to the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in six video games. He had 12 factors (seven objectives, 5 assists) in 12 playoff video games.

He has 250 factors (85 objectives, 165 assists) in 287 video games in 4 seasons with the Blues, and gained the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most useful participant of the playoffs when St. Louis gained the Stanley Cup in 2019.

In 13 NHL seasons, O’Reilly has 672 factors (240 objectives, 432 assists) in 938 regular-season video games with the Blues, Avalanche and Sabres, and 56 factors (22 objectives, 34 assists) in 64 playoff video games.

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