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What’s Next For Ryan O’Reilly?

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Neither O’Reilly nor his agent, Pat Morris, have issued any statements on the incident. The Sabres issued a terse, two-sentence comment Monday night from General Manager Tim Murray that indicated they were still in fact-finding mode. It’s unclear when exactly the team learned of the incident, but police reports in the small township near London were not issued for more than four days....

It remains to be seen if the DWAI will impact the ability of O’Reilly, a Canadian citizen, from crossing the border into the United States to work. O’Reilly could face up to six months in jail for leaving the scene but multiple sources say it’s often tougher to enter Canada after a driving under the influence conviction in the U.S. than vice versa, as is the case here.

Pending adjudication, the league can simply suspend a player unilaterally. That’s what happened in the case of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, who played just six games last season after being arrested on a domestic violence charge in October. Voynov pleaded no contest to the charges on July 2, was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation.

The league used Article 18-A.5 of the CBA to suspend Voynov, where in its judgment “the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League."

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