PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: Morgan Rielly, drafted fifth overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, poses for a portrait during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
So news broke yesterday afternoon that the Leafs had signed 2012 first round pick Morgan Rielly to an ELC. He had been one of only a handful of players from the first round still without a contract. The news was not terribly surprising, although I'm curious why the Leafs felt the need to sign him before the new CBA. Cam Charron over at Leafs Nation appears to share my view:
However it's interesting that the Leafs stuck with the three-year term. For the new collective bargaining agreement, part of the owners' proposal was to lengthen entry-level deals to five years. The Leafs aren't the only team to sign their first rounder, but I'm wondering whether there was no thought on the part of the team to "well, why don't we see if ELCs are lengthened in the CBA"?
Links after the jump...
VLM wants all of the fans' voices heard, not just the season ticket holders
Everybody needs a montage. From Danny Gray at Leafs Nation
Everyone's favorite Ryan Lambert on the NHL's never-ending story