TLN Three Stars: Rie-demption

It’s definitely not an exaggeration to say that Morgan Rielly has garnered his fair share of critics.
And to an extent, rightfully so. With the improvements the blueline has seen over the last few years, Rielly has become arguably the worst defenseman in his own end, which is a problem for a player playing a position that more or less requires that. But, his offensive impact has gotten a bit overlooked as well, something that has always made his play worth it overall.
Tonight, we got the best of both worlds. With Nick Suzuki rushing down the ice, Rielly hesitated to cover him and pressure him, giving him time to snipe a shot past Jack Campbell. Campbell probably could’ve been better at stopping it, but that didn’t excuse another lackluster defensive play from Rielly.
But, he reminded us why we’ve loved him for all these years, as only a few minutes later, he connected on a great feed from Mitch Marner and fired it past Carey Price to give the Leafs a 2-1 lead, a score that would hold for the rest of the game.
Not a perfect game from Rielly, but he reminded us again …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Why Morgan Rielly would have been a great captain for the Maple Leafs

Morgan Rielly knows what harrowing pain and suffering feels like — just as any Maple Leafs fan would. Three years without a playoff berth and an NHL career without a series win. The 26-year-old is still in Toronto.
Seven years in the NHL with the same team, Rielly is the longest tenured Maple Leafs player. But as he approaches a possible second-last season with the team that drafted him, there’s still something missing. And no, it’s not the Stanley Cup (I mean it technically is, but there’s another void, at least for me).
The question I’ve always asked myself since the Maple Leafs named John Tavares captain was, “why not Rielly?” Let me just start by saying this is no knock on Tavares, who’s a great captain and someone who chose to come home, which we’re all grateful for. But the selflessness of Rielly is apparent all the time and I was shocked when he wasn’t named captain.
Even though it was likely going to be Auston Matthews before his disorderly conduct charge, it still would’ve been a miss. And if by some chance you still don’t believe AM34 was supposed to …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Girls Will Be Girls: A Look At The Online Female Fan Experience

In 2015, Morgan Rielly – a player I am a huge fan of and who I happen to think is a great guy – caught some deserved heat for bemoaning a Leafs’ losing streak by saying about the team, “you’re not here to be a girl about it.”

Morgan Rielly today said positive approach, strong work ethic during tough time was key. “You’re not here to be a girl about it.”
— Jonas Siegel (@jonassiegel) February 20, 2015

In May of this year, Brendan Leipsic and other men in the hockey community were found to be using derogatory, misogynistic language about women in social media conversations. This type of language and behavior is pervasive in the NHL, and it permeates out to the fan experience. It’s 2020 – why are women still made to feel like they don’t belong, or need to prove their worthiness, in hockey spaces?
The history of misogyny and toxic masculinity in the hockey community is no secret. In the past few months alone numerous examples have come to light and painted a clear picture of the type of language and behavior that is considered normal and typical – “ …

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Author: MerOutLoud / The Leafs Nation

What to expect from Morgan Rielly this summer?

Morgan Rielly entered the 2019-20 season at an all-time high. Fresh off a career high 20-goal, 72-point season that saw Rielly finish fifth in Norris Trophy voting, I for one was very excited to see what kind of encore performance Rielly would give us this year. Unfortunately, Rielly failed to improve upon or even replicate his performance from last season. Injuries to himself and others on the team, ice-time allocation, a coaching change and more all contributed to Rielly have a down year. Fortunately for Rielly, this extended lay-off has presumably provided Rielly (and others) with ample time to get healthy in time for the NHL’s return to play plan.
By the Numbers

One of the biggest reasons for Rielly’s production nosediving this season is the powerplay. Rielly recorded a pedestrian seven powerplay points this year, compared to 21 the year before. The decrease in powerplay production can be chalked up to Keefe flipping Rielly and Barrie on the powerplay. With the powerplay struggling late into Mike Babcock’s final games as head coach and continuing once Sheldon Keefe took over, something had to be changed and Rielly got the short end of the stick. On …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

Kyle Dubas joins long list of NHLers preaching social distancing

We’ve already seen Morgan Rielly and Zach Hyman spreading the word of social distancing as a means of flattening the curve on COVID-19, and Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas joined in with a similar message from his own home.

“We can’t stress enough how important it is for everybody to stay home”
Practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 20, 2020

In the video, Dubas, like everyone, spoke about the importance of staying indoors as much as possible:
“Just because our season is on pause, that doesn’t mean that all of our hockey playing and strategizing has to end. However, for the immediate future, everything that you do should be done within the confines of your own home. We can’t stress enough how important it is for everybody just to stay home. For the sake of those most vulnerable in the community and to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, we plead with you — please everyone, just stay home with your immediate family for the foreseeable future and spend time with your favourite little people. Strategize away.”
Clearly …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

Zach Hyman wants to play video games with you

Just like his teammate Morgan Rielly did yesterday, Zach Hyman posted a message on his Twitter account to preach the importance of social distancing but also to invite Leafs fans to play videos games with him.

“Our job is to stay indoors”@ZachHyman shares how he is practicing the important policy of social distancing and invites you to join him online
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 19, 2020

In the video, Hyman starts off with a message to fans to keep their distance when possible:
“I’m doing this because I’m practicing the policies that our medical experts have told us to do. Most important thing is social distancing. Our job is to stay indoors as much as we can. When you need to go out, go out for the essentials. Stay six feet away from people. Try to avoid people when you see them and just practice social distancing. But that doesn’t mean we can’t talk to each other. We can still play video games, face time, go on our phones, talk to our friends… just keep a little bit of distance.”
At this …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

Morgan Rielly offers messages to fans

This morning, Morgan Rielly, issued a short video to Leafs fans from his home on Wednesday, preaching the importance of social distancing and how we all need to watch out for each other during the trying times caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have to do our part to take care of one another”@TOPublicHealth encourages washing your hands for 20 seconds to help prevent the spread of germs.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) March 18, 2020

From Rielly’s video:
“Just checking in during a challenging time for everyone, and the Leafs as an organization just have a couple of reminders during this time to take care of one another and keep your hands clean. It’s really what we can do as individuals to help this whole situation. (Washing your hands) is important to do it for 20 seconds, do it for 30 seconds… think more of Mitch Marner puck possession numbers than Zach Hyman for example. Or do whatever you gotta do — sing Mr. Brightside — and make sure that you take your time with it and you take it seriously. I would also like to take this opportunity to say thank you …

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Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation

Morgan Rielly out eight weeks with broken foot

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly is going to be out for the next eight weeks after suffering a broken foot.
The injury happened last night against the Florida Panthers, the team said in a statement.

(1/2) The @MapleLeafs announced today that defenceman Morgan Rielly underwent a CT scan this afternoon after sustaining an injury in last night’s game against Florida and will be out a minimum of eight weeks with a fractured foot.
— Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) January 13, 2020

The team said that Rielly underwent a CT scan this afternoon confirming the injury. Rielly has subsequently been placed on the injured reserve.
The Leafs say they will reassess his injury after the eight week period.
Last week, Rielly told The Athletic he hasn’t been playing at 100% this season due to a lower-body ailment.
This season, the long-standing Leafs rearguard has scored 27 points in 46 games — a down year from the 72 point, 82 game season he had last year.
On Twitter: @zjlaing

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Morgan Rielly hasn’t been playing at 100%

Toronto Maple Leafs D Morgan Rielly hasn’t been playing at 100% this season having been suffering from a lower-body ailment, he revealed to The Athletic. 
Rielly said he underwent examinations, including MRIs, which showed nothing major.

“It was a pretty significant amount of pain… but I did my MRIs and everything like that and there was no damage to the real important things. So it was just a matter of pain management.
“We took some action over the Christmas holidays and I’m feeling much better after some minor stuff that we did and I think it’s just having confidence — and the pain is way lower than it was, and I’m able to just go out and play more.”
The injury built up over time, Rielly said, and was due to “normal wear and tear stuff.”
Despite playing banged up, Rielly is still on pace for a respectable 47 point season, but it’s a significant drop from the 72 he put up last season in what was his best NHL season. He’s played in every game, too, all the while playing a career-high 24:19.
He& …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Connor McDavid and the worst-kept secret about Morgan Rielly

Morgan Rielly is bad defensively. That’s it. That’s the secret.
You can stop reading now if you wish.
On Monday night, the Leafs played the Edmonton Oilers at home, a fixture which had become nearly as guaranteed as two points come in the NHL. It hadn’t been since December 2, 2010 since the Oilers won in Toronto, which is just 11 months shy from hitting the full decade.
But with the score 5-3 at this point in time in Edmonton’s favour, a boy who was just 13 at the time of that last win scored one of the prettiest goals of his career to date.

Connor McDavid. Absolutely ridiculous.
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 7, 2020

If it wasn’t already over, Connor McDavid seemed to ice the game. The Leafs would score once more to make it interesting, but the collective soul of Morgan Rielly and the entire lineup seemed cooked after that one. That, and there was just over eight minutes left in the game, with a three goal mountain to climb.
For any team, even these Leafs, that’s always a lot easier said than done.
The goal doesn& …

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Author: Adam Laskaris / The Leafs Nation