Ryan O'Reilly appears to throw shade at Sheldon Keefe

Is he taking a thinly-veiled shot at Keefe?



Former 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O'Reilly, whom the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired from the St. Louis Blues at the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline, proved to be extremely valuable in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Leafs in their Round 1 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He racked up six points (none bigger than his late game-tying goal in Game 3) while also performing well in the face-off circle. 

However, Toronto's season came to an unceremonious end at the hands of the Florida Panthers, who are in the midst of their first Stanley Cup Final since 1996. The offseason is officially underway, and there's absolutely no chance that the version of the team that hits the ice this fall will be the same as the version that skated off the ice at Scotiabank Arena late last week. Will O'Reilly be back with the team? That remains to be seen. 

And inn O'Reilly's mind, the Leafs didn't properly respond to the pressure put on them by the Panthers, and appeared to be calling out head coach Sheldon Keefe for not making the proper adjustments. 

"We kind of dug ourselves a hole quick and didn't respond," he said. "There are so many things we could have done differently. It's frustrating. We could have given that series a better chance. That's just the way the game goes sometimes. When you get into these moments where it's challenging, you have to find a way to pull something out of each other and find a way to give a bit more. Against Tampa, we did that.. again - there are so many things we could have done differently." 

"We didn't respond a certain way that we needed to in a couple of those games and it's disappointing" 

Does this sound to you as though O'Reilly is calling out Keefe for an inability to make adjustments in the face of adversity?

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