Leafs sign Morgan Rielly to a team friendly deal

I guess I can quit my chicken little routine when it comes to the Morgan Rielly contract, as today the Leafs have announced that Morgan will be a Leaf for a very long time…

Eight. Mo. Years.#LeafForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 29, 2021

From the Leafs press release:
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed defenceman Morgan Rielly to an eight-year contract extension. The average annual value of the contract is $7.5 million.
In a summer that saw Seth Jones receive a $9.5M AAV until 2030, a summer that saw Dougie Hamilton sign as an UFA for seven years at $9M AAV, and even a world where Jacob Trouba is somehow an $8M/yr defenseman, there were plenty of reasons to be concerned about what Rielly was going to cost Toronto and while last season $7.5M AAV might not have felt like a team friendly deal, the new reality of the defensive market is that is a great contract to lock Rielly in for.
With the struggles of Jake Muzzin, and Justin Holl early this year, the Leafs can’t really afford to take a gamble on their defensive star and rely solely on the ability of …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

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