by Jeff Wozer, Buffalo Sports Page Humorist

This week, the Sabres made their long-anticipated trade of Ryan O’Reilly.  His big contract, his lack of goal scoring and his dressing room presence were cited as reasons for the deal.  But sports humorist Jeff Wozer has discovered some previously unreported reasons for sending O’Reily to St. Louis.

• Never shared or liked any of Phil Housley’s Facebook posts.

• Team feared bad press if public discovered part of the Buffalo Billion went towards O’Reilly’s beard trimming products.

• Only wanted the C on his jersey because he thought it stood for “cutest.”

• No choice after 26 stolen Reddy Bikeshare bicycles found behind his garage.

• After dining at the Pegula daughters’ Healthy Scratch restaurant he only gave it one star on Yelp.

• During road trips team grew tired of always apologizing to hotels for beard hair found in breakfast bars.

• Team feared he’d take a voluntary buyout to write for the Athletic.

• O’Reilly miffed team failed to support his desire to become first forward in league history to win the Vezina trophy.

• Management hopes trade will make O’Reilly forget the $50 owed to him for winning in-house pool for picking the correct 2018 Buffalo Ice Boom removal date.

• Not only did he lose his love for the game but also his love for Raymond.

Jeff is always discovering interesting reasons behind what the Sabres are doing, including why they don’t draft Canadian junior players and unknown facts about new goalie Carter Hutton.

Jeff Wozer

Nationally touring stand-up comedian Jeff Wozer has performed with some of comedy’s biggest acts – Martin Short, John Oliver, Brian Reagan – and on some of comedy’s biggest stages – Red Rocks Amphitheater, the Las Vegas strip, Great American Comedy Festival.

His humor articles have appeared in more than 40 publications including ESPN’s Active.com, Rocky Mountain Sports and the Explorer Club’s Explorer’s Journal.

Prior to veering into comedy he worked as a sports and news director for WFAD in Middlebury, Vermont where he won an Associated Press award for hockey play-by-play. And he spent two years as the play-by-play voice for the Vail Avalanche junior hockey team in Vail, Colorado.

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