PITTSBURGH – The question posed to Ryan O’Reilly was a simple one.
Relaxing at home following a skate with Sabres teammates in Buffalo on Tuesday, O’Reilly got a call and was asked, “How quick can you get to Pittsburgh?”
Canada was in need of a replacement at forward following Tyler Seguin’s exit from the World Cup of Hockey with a nagging ankle injury and O’Reilly was ready. He knew that a phone call might be coming after speaking with GM Doug Armstrong earlier in the week about the banged up roster.
“[The call] helped me get a little mentally prepared, get going a bit quicker and kind of in that game shape,” O’Reilly said Wednesday morning at Consol Energy Center.
Canada will play Russia in their final tune-up before their tournament starts for real on Saturday against the Czech Republic. And while O’Reilly has barely settled in Pittsburgh, he will be in the lineup Wednesday night on a line with Joe Thornton and Claude Giroux.Read More »from Ryan O'Reilly ready to jump right into World Cup for Canada