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Leafs prospect Rielly facing tough odds of making team

Sep 8, 2013, 10:19 AM EDT

Morgan Rielly AP

Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Morgan Rielly is facing a tough road ahead as he tries to crack the team’s lineup this year.

As of now there are seven defensemen with NHL contracts headed into camp and that’s before Cody Franson gets his deal (eventually?) signed to bring him back. There’s also how things would work under the salary cap to worry about as well.

As Chris Johnston of Sportsnet shares, Rielly is just worrying about what he can do and not what the Leafs’ cap situation is.

“I’d be lying if I told you that I didn’t know what Capgeek was,” Rielly said Saturday when asked whether he’s paid any attention to where he might fit on the NHL team’s depth chart. “I’ve checked.”

The cap is already a huge issue for Toronto as they try to find a way to re-sign Franson and budding star forward Nazem Kadri. If Rielly played his way onto the Leafs roster, that would present a new set of issues as his cap hit comes in at $1.74 million.

If Rielly does make the team, it’ll take a can’t-miss, instant top-four kind of effort. Not that he can’t do that, but it would seem likely he winds up back in junior hockey with Moose Jaw at some point this year.

  1. dumbassgreg - Sep 8, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    nonis really has screwup the cap. burke may have done many things wrong but he did leave them in good position regarding cap. if kessel leaves the bozak deal will look even worse. . I just don’t believe anyone else would have paid that amount.he could make jeff finger contract look good.

    • sunderlanding - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      They’ll be fine. Kessel isn’t going anywhere. The cap will go up next year, and they have 2 million in buyout money comming off of the books. There isn’t a cap problem.

      • dueman - Sep 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        sunderlanding – Just read the guys name, it says all that has to be said regarding his comment!

      • beergold - Sep 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        Yep all hail the mighty and all knowing NBC sports god the doocheman, who calls anyone with an opinion other than his an idiot! Get down off your shetlin pony you POS!

  2. leafs2013 - Sep 9, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    I don’t understand how nonis has screwed up the cap so bad. Freeagency over spending is what freeagency is all about. They made Vinny a very very good offer and he took less to go to Philly. Clarkson was the next best option and they got him. Bozak was the only number one/two center available who made sense. He made a trade to get a highly touted (yet unproven I will say) goalie. He is refusing to give Kadri the ridiculous contract that Kadri thinks he deserves for playing well for half a season as well as playing on the third line so he wasn’t going up against the top shut down guys. I think he’s doing a pretty good job. At the end of the day they’re a better team then they were last year. The cap went down and guess what it’s gonna go back up!

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