Ryan O'Reilly hopes to earn the love back from Avalanche fans and teammates for his contract situation that kept him away from the team, but the 22-year-old center was unapologetic for what happened after his first day of practice Saturday.
"It's a business, and you've got to get as much as you can when you can," said O'Reilly, two days after the Avs matched a two-year, $10 million offer sheet from the Calgary Flames, which includes a $2.5 million signing bonus and a $6.5 million salary for next season.
That said, O'Reilly acknowledged he knows he has some work to do to prove to everyone he is worth that kind of money.
"Every guy's been happy to see me," O'Reilly said. "I can't believe how nice everyone's been about it, how great they've been. They accepted me back. It's like I haven't left. It just shows the character of this team. There's so many great guys, and I'm thankful that they welcomed me back."
Avs' Ryan O'Reilly practices, will play against Columbus
Denver Post | Mar 3