I want to address this because IMO this is faulty logic. It's not all about can we win now, or in the next 3 years. Even if we are 3 years out, you still need someone in the role ROR occupies. You still need someone to teach the next in line to be that guy. You still need the vet to play the hard minutes while the kids develop. You can't keep pushing off a certain player or role because the team isn't quite there yet. The team needs to learn the things ROR does. The role still needs to be filled.
I'm sure the team can find someone to be mopy after losses.
I'm obviously joking, but I don't doubt there are many who really do believe this to be what ROR is teaching the youngins.
But I’d like to think Botterill is too smart to be shipping ROR out due to league wide media. If Botterill is not, he shouldn’t be here. I’d assume there were other, more substantial reasons Botterill felt compelled to move him, if he indeed does.
He’s too good of a player to move, if not.
I definitely don't think Botterill moves O'Reilly *because of* the Canadian media, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he independently believes much of the same stuff (locker room, attitude etc.).
Frankly, I think the most logical hypothesis that has been put out there is it could be O'Reilly's agent stoking the fires to push for a trade. If that's the case, I hope Botterill ignores it. "Winning solves everything" might be the truest cliché in the history of clichés. Tell the agent to suck it, build a winner with O'Reilly as a key piece, and all of the noise goes away.