Morgan Rielly signed an eight-year, $60 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. It has an average annual value of $7.5 million.
The 27-year-old defenseman is in the final season of a six-year, $30 million contract (average annual value $5 million) he signed with Toronto on April 13, 2016 and could have become an unrestricted free agent after the season.
Rielly has four assists in eight games this season. He is the longest-tenured player on the team and has been an alternate captain since 2016.
“I feel we’re very lucky to play in this market,” Rielly said earlier this month. “We have great fans. In terms of people coming up to you, I think it’s very cool and I don’t think there’s any side of it that I consider negative. That aspect is something I never take for granted. You try to enjoy it.”
The signing means the Maple Leafs now have their core of Rielly, defensemen Jake Muzzin and TJ Brodie, and forwards Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, John Tavares and William Nylander each signed through the 2023-24 season.
Selected by Toronto with the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Rielly has scored 309 points (59 goals, 250 assists) in 580 regular-season game and 19 points (four goals, 15 assists) in 32 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
He ranks seventh all-time among Maple Leafs defenseman in points, tied for 11th in goals, fifth in assists and seventh in power-play points (100). Rielly has never finished with fewer than 27 points in his NHL career.
Rielly finished fifth in voting for the Norris Trophy as the best defenseman in the NHL in 2018-19 when he scored a career-high 72 points (20 goals, 52 assists) in 82 games.
NHL.com staff writer Mike Zeisberger contributed to this report