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 …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation