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‘Not a whole lot of progress’ in contract talks between Leafs, Bozak

Jun 29, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Tyler Bozak continues to inch closer to the free agent market.

Bozak, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ 27-year-old center, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5, however there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of talks about a contract extension, as the NHL Draft goes Sunday.

Bozak is at the end of a two-year, $3 million deal, according to Capgeek.com. He scored 12 goals and had 28 points in 46 regular season games in 2013.

“Not a whole lot of progress at this point,” Leafs general manager Dave Nonis told reporters on Friday.

“I wouldn’t really expect any (Friday or Saturday). There’s a lot of moving parts right now in terms of teams trying to move players.

“It’s not that we’re not focused on trying to get Tyler signed, because he is a player we’d obviously like to have, but it’s not a priority between now and Sunday.”

The Leafs are slated to pick 21st overall in this year’s draft.

  1. channelguy - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I think Bozak is NUTS to walk, but think he will. I think any other team is also nuts to view him as a first line center, and pay him accordingly, but there’s no shortage of silly GMs out there.

    Bozak doesn’t have the offensive skills of a true number one center, isnt really close. There are a lot of other positives to his game, and at the right price, he can help a good team win. But most teams would view him as an okay second line center, or a top notch third line checking center, who would score 10 goals a year in that role over a full season. Thats not worth $5.5 million, which is what Bozak is reportedly demanding, Anyone who pays him that had better have a compliance buyout remaining.

    • dueman - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      The Leafs aren’t going to let Bozak go. They are just busy with everything going on with the draft tomorrow is all as Nonis has said this repeatedly. The media just likes to phrase things all doomy and gloomy. C Mac, on the other hand, I doubt will be back.

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