The thrill is back for Ryan O'Reilly.
A trade to the St. Louis Blues has O'Reilly excited about hockey and the future after three consecutive losing seasons with the Buffalo Sabres had him talking about losing his love for the game. Now the 27-year-old center is itching to get back on the ice and help the Blues reach the playoffs, even if that adventure doesn't begin in earnest for a couple of months.
"I feel like I have a spark in me now," O'Reilly said Monday on a conference call. "There's something different. It's interesting how it happened, but I'm happy, I'm excited and I don't regret anything that's happened."