Rutherford Hoped O'Neill Would Stay
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Although O'Neill didn't do much offensively during his time in camp - one goal in the Red/White scrimmage followed by three scoreless exhibition games - Rutherford actually thought O'Neill looked pretty good despite taking the past year off from hockey.
"Personally I would have like to see him stick it out a little longer, because I think for a guy that missed a whole year he did fine," said Rutherford. "He didn’t do anything special and he didn’t get his big shot off or score some goals, but I still think that was there over time.”
Regardless, O'Neill decided not to continue.
”It’s hard when you miss a year," said Rutherford. "You’ve got an uphill battle. I think he found that out and I think he thought that hill was going to be too steep to climb."