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

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

The ahead is within the ultimate season of a seven-year contract he signed July 3, 2015, and will transform an unrestricted unfastened agent after the season.

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

“I definitely think this is where I want to be and move forward and such like that,” he mentioned. “I think that stuff will play out on its own. I’m just keep trying to focus on the season and the guys and being ready here. I’m not worried about things not playing out the right way. We’ll see. We’ll see how things go.”

O’Reilly is in his 5th season with the Blues after being obtained in a industry with the Buffalo Sabres on July 1, 2018. He used to be named captain Dec. 23, 2020.

“I feel like there’s so much more focused on next year,” O’Reilly mentioned. “I feel like because we have such a good team and some new faces, the focus is getting ready for the season. But obviously we’ve kind of started some dialogue. There’s just no real rush. We’ve got a long time to figure that out and I’m not worried. I don’t think [general manager] Doug [Armstrong] is worried either. It’ll work itself out as it goes. The focus here is on training camp and getting in shape and getting ready to go. He’s got a tough job too, with selling the team and such like that. I think that’s where both of our focus is at.”

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

O’Reilly mentioned that is not a priority and there is not any real rush to get one thing achieved.

“I think after having being around, I think if I was younger, I think it would be more of an issue and such, but I feel like I’ve been established,” the 31-year-old mentioned. “I kind of know where I stand. There’s no real urgency. Hopefully we find a way to make it work. I feel I’m happy with just waiting and just focusing on the season. Hopefully things play out the right way, but again, the focus is here and on training camp.”

Blues trainer Craig Berube believes the contract factor may not be a distraction for O’Reilly.

“He’s a team-first guy,” Berube mentioned. “That’s something we stress here all the time as you know. I don’t think that’s going to affect him.”

O’Reilly had 58 issues (21 targets, 37 assists) in 78 regular-season video games final season and helped the Blues succeed in the Western Conference Second Round prior to dropping to Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche in six video games. He had 12 issues (seven targets, 5 assists) in 12 playoff video games.

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

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

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