Ryan O'Reilly discusses future with Maple Leafs

The 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy winner is a pending UFA.



Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas elected to go all-in at last month's NHL Trade Deadline, bringing aboard former 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O'Reilly from the St. Louis Blues (along with Noel Acciari) while also bringing back former 2008 1st round Draft selection Luke Schenn. 

O'Reilly proved to be extremely valuable in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Leafs in their Round 1 series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, racking 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 on their way to their 1st Eastern Conference 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.

O'Reilly is a pending unrestricted free agent, and could very realistically be moving on to a different organization this summer. He admitted that playing for Toronto was incredible, but that there's decisions to be made. 

"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" O'Reilly stated. 

O'Reilly's cap hit for this season was $7.25 million.

Source: Twitter