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Brian O’Reilly On His Son Ryan

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Brian O’Reilly, the father of unsigned Avs center Ryan O’Reilly, sent an email to me today. It was his response to someone who was presumably an Avs fan and wanted to know more about Ryan’s situation, and to give best wishes toward him.

He gave me permission to reprint that response here. Brian is a life coach, running his own business called Human Potential Plus. It has been lightly touched up for a couple minor spelling and punctuation things, but reads as follows:

“Thank you for your kind words. This is not about money and never has been. As you know you don’t build team based on dollars. If you did then the people with the most expensive players would be our champion . You build a team on its character. Ryan is not a superstar based on skill but character. I know this for a fact the players he was yesterday will not be the player he was tomorrow he will continue to grow learn and thrive.


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Hootinani's avatar

Now we know his father is full of shit, too.  If O’Reilly had any character at all, he’d take the money that was offered him, a pretty lucrative interim contract, and prove that he wasn’t just a one year wonder.  A character guy comes back and plays his heart out for the down and out franchise he “loves”, and leads his team by example. Then, once he proves that he has the character, skill, and consistency to stick in the league, he can have the long term dollars and the captaincy that he is currently pouting about.  Instead, this is completely about ego and getting the biggest payday he, and his agent, can.  And apparently he comes by his over inflated opinion of himself and what he deserves honestly.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 02/19/13 at 07:28 PM ET

WingsFaninCO's avatar

Wow…the grammar, the random capitalization…..After reading that “cleaned up” email I am 100% convinced that EvilPens is Ryan O’Reilly’s father.

Posted by WingsFaninCO on 02/19/13 at 08:01 PM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

Summing up the article: Ryan doesn’t want to be an Av.

“Ryan is not a superstar based on skill but character”

So, he’s a superstar, but NOT based on his skill? Well then that wouldn’t make him an actual superstar, would it? You need to be a superstar based ON skill - great character is a bonus. Just an ironic comment to make.

Rather than stick up for him, his father should tell Ryan to shut his mouth, take the contract that he’s being offered and play his heart out.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 02/19/13 at 08:45 PM ET

Dakkster's avatar

You guys REALLY need to check out the dad’s Twitter feed. It’s… just wow.


Posted by Dakkster from Southern Sweden on 02/20/13 at 02:31 PM ET

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