Rookie Morgan Rielly likely to stay with Leafs

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly takes off with the puck while Nazem Kadri looks to be...

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly takes off with the puck while Nazem Kadri looks to be throwing a block against the Minnesota Wild at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Oct. 15, 2013. (CRAIG ROBERTSON/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 AM ET

TORONTO - Contrary to all kinds of speculation, the Morgan Rielly decision has not been made.

Not yet. Not from the person whose decision it happens to be.

And while it is certainly looking as though the rookie defenceman will play the entire season with the Leafs — the odds favour that now — Dave Nonis is planning no official proclamation until he absolutely must.

Five games from now.

“I never make a decision until the moment I have to,” said Nonis, the Leafs’ general manager. “I like to wait until the end. That’s how I am. Besides, there’s no need to make it right now, is there?”

Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre, the Tuesday nights that Ron Wilson used to hate, found a rather quiet crowd and an even quieter performance from the Leafs away from James Reimer and his magical goal posts, but in between all those Minnesota shots, Rielly made one of those wow passes that demonstrates the kind of skill most Leaf defenders do not have.


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