I know the current Kool-ade flavor is very anti-O’Reilly after the captaincy issue came out, but I see it differently and thus, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful of the very worthy gentle(folk) who have just addressed this (blog) if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without resolve.

I recognize that we may be coping with our O’Reilly grief by souring those potentially unreachable grapes, but I’d like to be careful not to do that.

Reasons we loved O’Reilly not too long ago.

Does the job he’s asked to do. Two years on a shut-down line, not earning stats that might have meant more money. Now those “unproductive” years are counted against him.

Does the little things that don’t leap off the stat sheet: face-offs, PK, forecheck, steals. . .

Rink rat/hard worker: First guy to practice, last one to leave, running steps in the Pepsi center.

Team guy: O’Reilly made no secret of his desire to be a 1st line center and yet never disturbed the locker room waters as he received 2nd or 3rd line duty.

All of these reasons would have made him a great Captain had Landy not shown up bearing the “future captain” stamp, we would like have been applauding the choice of O’Reilly.