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Leafs GM remains confident in fitting Kadri, Franson under cap

Aug 18, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

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It’s been a busy offseason for Toronto Maple Leafs GM, but he still faces the challenge of re-signing Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson, which is an especially difficult task considering the team’s estimated $5 million in cap space.

Kadri admitted last week that his uncertain status would become more of a distraction as training camp approaches, yet Nonis seemed pretty calm about retaining the two players while discussing the matter with NHL.com.

“From our standpoint, we have enough cap space in our minds to get both players signed and that’s what we intend to do,” Nonis said on Friday. “There are definitely ways of making it work. That’s our intention.”

Nonis admits there have been “quiet periods” during the negotiations, but said that doesn’t bothering him, noting that lulls are “par for the course” in these types of discussions.

This post details that Nonis reportedly explored trying to trade John Michael-Liles to make room, but to no avail. Perhaps training camp will represent a helpful deadline in discussions, then?

Related:

Kadri addresses the situation

Leafs need Kadri to take another step

Will Toronto be forced to trade Franson?

  1. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 19, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    Sign them, sort it out later like the rest of the teams over the cap right now.

    • hockey7515 - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Boston, San Jose, and Philly will get under by using LTIR.LA will easily get under by sending one of their 9 defensemen to the AHl and Pittsburgh could trade Niskanen or send down two extra players to the AHL. I think the other teams already have it figured out.

      • timsabourin - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        ‘definitely ways of making it work’

        I think Nonis already has it figured out.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:38 PM

        LOL, I guess I missed the part of the CBA that lets certain rules apply… just not to the Leafs. So LA can send a Dman to the minors to make cap space but Toronto can’t? Pittsburgh can trade a dman but Toronto’s not allowed to anymore? Please explain this “Screw the Leafs” clause in the new CBA for me.

        There’s plenty of time before the seasons starts. The Leafs can sign both and make room later, just like anyone else.

  2. banger60 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Can we have a Cherry comment?

  3. withseidelinn - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    I’m surprised there are no takers on Liles. He is still serviceable, and could be a pretty nice piece on a younger team. Obviously the Leafs have no leverage on the trade front since they need the cap space badly, but Nonis might as well ship him out for a 4th-6th round pick and retain a portion of his salary. A bit of wishful thinking on my part, but I find it hard to believe there is no interest in him.

    • sunderlanding - Aug 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Teams probably think they can just get him off of waivers, because, like you said, the Leafs have to get rid of him, and other GMs know that.

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