Why signing Morgan Rielly the person was important for the Leafs

There’s a lot to be said about the Toronto Maple Leafs and its players.
For Morgan Rielly, though, I don’t think you can come up with one bad thing to say about him.
The 27-year-old inked a new eight-year, $60 million contract on Friday, which will begin next season. There was a lot of reason to believe it wouldn’t get done until the season’s end. But his agent, J.P. Barry, and Kyle Dubas worked together to make the improbable happen.
And that was to keep Rielly here — for what could be the rest of his career.

Rielly: “Every day that I’ve been here since 2012 has been first class and that’s the standard around here. It’s a pretty special place to be.”
— David Alter (@dalter) October 29, 2021

The 27-year-old is special.
He’s a leader on and off the ice with how he conducts himself, and he’s incredibly loyal. Rielly took a pay cut to remain on the Leafs. He could’ve gotten a lot more money if he went to free agency and tested the open market.
You can’t ever forget that Rielly has been through everything with this team, too.
Since being drafted by …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

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