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Leafs: Nonis ‘not surprised’ Kadri, Franson and Fraser remain unsigned

Jul 25, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

Nazem Kadri AP

On a day where most of the talk focused on his own contract extension, Dave Nonis spent some time discussing three other pressing deals.

The club’s key restricted free agents — Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson and Mark Fraser — all remain unsigned as August draws closer.

But, according to Nonis, the timeline thus far has given him little to no concern.

“That’s not a red flag. It’s July,” Nonis said on Sportsnet 590. “I’m not surprised that they’re not signed, and we have a lot of time before we have to start worrying about it.”

Looking across the NHL, it’s easy to see why Nonis remains unfazed.

Several teams have opted to put RFA negotiations on the backburner while dealing with more pertinent matters, like unrestricted free agents and potential arbitration hearings.

St. Louis still hasn’t reached an agreement with Alex Pietrangelo, nor has Buffalo with Cody Hodgson. New Jersey still needs to reach a deal with Adam Henrique, as do the Rangers with Derek Stepan. Other key unsigned RFAs include Mikkel Boedker (Phoenix), Kyle Clifford (Los Angeles), Marcus Johansson (Washington) and Jared Cowen (Ottawa).

That said, Nonis doesn’t expect deals for either Kadri — the club’s second leading scorer last year, with 44 points in 48 games — or Franson, the club’s leading defenseman scorer, in the near future.

Kadri made $1.72 million last year, while Franson pulled in $1.2 million. Fraser, who emerged as a very useful defenseman in his first year in Toronto, made $600,000. All three are expected to be re-signed before the Leafs start training camp, which will begin prior to the team’s preseason-opener on Sept. 15.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 25, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    No question they’ll sign Kadri. They could choose one or the other when it comes to the D-men, there’s a lot of depth on the back end already.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I’d keep franson , he’s impressed me ever since he joined the leafs in 2011

    • 19to77 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Definitely. I’d try to keep both, though, because Fraser provides the physical dimension that Carlyle and last year’s Leafs thrive on.

  3. teebone1976 - Jul 26, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    The Leafs are probably going to have to deal someone (Phaneuf or Liles) to sign these guys and stay under the cap. I’m concerned the Leafs are going to give Kadri too much money after only 1 good season.

  4. withseidelinn - Jul 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    Deal Liles!!!! Doesn’t fit with our system anymore.

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