New York Rangers forward Morgan Rielly signs deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO — Morgan Rieslier, the New York Ranger who played a major role in helping the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs, has signed a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs.
The Toronto Maple Leaf announced Tuesday that Riesls contract was extended through the 2021-22 season.
Riesler, 27, was the Rangers’ first pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, but he struggled to make an impact during his rookie season with the Rangers.
Riels was traded to the New Jersey Devils in 2018.
He played three seasons in New Jersey and appeared in the NHL playoffs with the Devils before joining the Rangers in 2019.
Riesliers contract with New York has an average annual value of $4.1 million.
The Maple Leafs will owe Riesllier an average of $3.9 million in the first year of his contract.
The deal includes $1.3 million in salary-cap hit in 2021-21.
The Maple Leafs have also re-signed goaltender Mikhail Sergachev.
Riedliers salary is $2.2 million in 2021.
Rielly’s signing with the Leafs is one of several moves that have occurred in recent days for the Rangers as they begin their rebuilding project after a disastrous first season.
They lost forward Andrei Markov and defenseman Kyle Quincey to the expansion draft.
Riedlier’s arrival brings the Rangers back into contention for the Stanley Cups.
They are 14-16-4 since he was traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Rangers for the 2019 draft pick.
The Rangers are 10-4-1 in his two seasons with New Jersey.
Riers career-highs: He scored 18 goals and had 43 assists in 70 games with the New England Patriots.
Rides a six-game point streak into the playoffs, including a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.
Rier was one of three Rangers to score a hat trick against the Kings in the opening round, the other two were defenseman Mark Buehrle and defenseman Marc Staal.
Riel was a first-round pick (No. 23) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2004 NHL Entry draft.
He had six goals and 10 assists in 68 games with Montreal.