Leafs sign Kadri, Rielly to six-year extensions

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Toronto wasted little time executing its offseason plan — on Wednesday, the club announced defenseman Morgan Rielly and Nazem Kadri had signed matching six-year extensions.

Per Sportsnet, Rielly’s contract is worth $30 million — a $5M average annual cap hit — while Kadri’s comes in at $27 million (a $4.5M hit).

From the Leafs:

Rielly, 22, led all Maple Leafs defencemen with a career-high 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) while skating in all 82 games this year. The native of Vancouver, British Columbia also led the team with 23:13 of average ice time per game.

Kadri, 25, led the Maple Leafs with 45 points (17 goals, 28 assists) in 76 games this season. In parts of seven NHL seasons, the London, Ontario native has registered 197 points (81 goals, 116 assists) and 207 penalty minutes in 326 regular season games.

Financially speaking, the moves are being praised as real wins for the Leafs.

Rielly, who took a big step forward this season after the Dion Phaneuf and Roman Polak trades, was in the last year of his entry-level contract. Toronto had no issues passing over a potential bridge contract in order to secure the services of what could be a future franchise defenseman.

As for Kadri, the club was able to overlook his numerous disciplinary transgressions and commit long-term. Signed to a one-year, $4.1 million deal last summer, this was something of a “prove it” season for Kadri and while he did make most of his headlines due to diving and questionable hits, he also had strong enough possession metrics, and was just three back of his career-high 20 goals.