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Kadri: Stalled contract talks with Leafs ‘a little frustrating’

Aug 28, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

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Nazem Kadri admits his lack of a new deal with Toronto is starting to weigh on him.

“You want to be with the team, especially with all the guys starting to come back,” he told Sportsnet on Wednesday. “It’s a little frustrating, you know, the closer it comes [to training camp beginning] but I’m staying patient and don’t have much to worry about.”

Kadri refused to say whether he was looking for a short- or long-term deal, saying only that the offer tabled was “reasonable.” He also seemed to indicate the ball was in Toronto’s court as far as moving forward with negotiations.

“It’s really up to them what they want to do with my future,” he explained.

Toronto has just under $5 million in available cap space for next season with Kadri and RFA defenseman Cody Franson still unsigned. Last week, fellow RFA Adam Henrique inked a six-year, $24 million extension with New Jersey, and that was widely considered to be a comparable to Kadri’s deal. Kadri has 63 points in 99 NHL contests; Henrique has 67 in 117.


Kadri denies six-year, $30 million contract demand

  1. canadianguest - Aug 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Frustrating? Then lower you demands, lmao!

    • hockeyflow33 - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      Do you take less at your job?

      • canadianguest - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:26 AM

        I didn’t ask for triple my previous salary.

        Kadri can deny it all he wants, but if his agent asked for it, then Kadri asked for it since the agent speaks for Kadri.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        What do you mean “take less”? If Kadri takes what Nonis is offering he’ll still be getting a decent raise.

      • hockeyflow33 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:07 PM

        So if market rate for your job is $100k, why would you take $60k?

      • sunderlanding - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        First off it’s not less. He’s looking for a raise. Secondly it’s silly to compare people who make millions to some average dude who just makes enought to pay his rent. Of course he wouldn’t take less, because if he did he might not have a place to live. Kadri could easily take 6 million over two years. He’d still get a raise, and if he’s worth it he could cash in on a huge contract after that. There’s no need to demand top dollar when you don’t even have a years worth or results.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM

        If the market rate for your job is $60k, why would you demand $100k?

        Fact is Kadri’s has never played a full season. He wants to get paid like he has.

  2. jernster21 - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Lower his demands because newly named GM Nonis has put the Leafs in a bad situation with the cap? I find it interesting that the Leafs fired Burke and the team that HE built made the playoffs, only to extend Nonis to a massive contract because he “walks the company line”. Then, he over paid Clarkson and Bozak and is now in a position where he’s practically on his knees begging Franson and Kadri to give him a break and take short term, low money contracts. Quality GM right there. He can sit across the negotiation table and say “hey, give me a break now and when your contracts are up, we’ll take care of you because the cap “SHOULD” BE higher.” Well, in the real world, you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, let alone after 2-3 years and professional athletes aren’t stupid – it’s a “what have you done for me lately” business on both sides. Nonis flat out proved his incompetence and was in no way responsible for that team making the playoffs last season. The icing on the cake? He might lose Kessel too.

    • canadianguest - Aug 29, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      Not too sure what Nonis is doing, but at the least he recognizes that Kadri is not worth 6 mil, and probably not worth 5 mil, yet. Kadri is a talent, but, like Brunner, you have to do it for more then 1 year if you want a long term, high paying, contract. Toronto wants Kadri to prove he can do it again, and Kadri wants his cake now, in case he can’t prove it, through luck balancing or injury.

      Toronto was pretty lucky last year. They had a lot of bounces go their way, and Kadri is more then likely to drop his nearly 17% shooting percentage back closer to the league avg of 10%, dropping his goals and points considerably.

      The last 12 games of the year Kadri scored 1 goal, and added 1 more in 7 games against Boston.

      Kadri scored 5 goals in his first 21 games.

      With the exceptions, and I definitely mean exceptions, of 6 goals in 4 games, and 6 goals in 6 games, 2 very short hot streaks, Kadri had only 6 goals in 36 games last year.

      Scored goals in bunches is an understatement.

      Kadri, prove you’re worth the money, and 30 teams will offer it to you.

    • sunderlanding - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Nonis is in a fine situation. If they were worried they would’ve bought out Liles (sp?) when they had the chance. Both Franson and Kadri will be signed, and this will be a non-issue soon enough.

  3. buffalo65 - Aug 29, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    Burke was a world class idiot who’s ego got him fired.

    • sunderlanding - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      His ego may have gotten him fired, but he is most certainly not an idiot.

  4. ogascadan - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    New Jersey had no choice but to pay Henrique that money…nobody wants to play in New Jersey!!

  5. channelguy - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    First, Henrique isn’t a good comparison to Kadri at all – different types of players, with Kadri’s offensive production being a comparatively more important part of his game. Second, Henrique had a good year BEFORE last year. Kadri didn’t. He made so little impression in the playing time he did get that most of the chat board experts were proclaiming him a bust and calling for him to be traded or released. For salary purposes, that second year of proven performance is important.

    Secondly, it’s difficult for the Leafs — or any team — to hand out a long term deal based solely on last year. Everyone knows it was a half season — but it was a half season on a compressed schedule, where teams played more games than they would in half a normal season. That has an impact on fatigue. Add to that the fact that Kadri was one of the young players who played in the AHL before the NHL started — 27 games there — and you have a guy who played 75 games, with most of that coming in a compressed schedule. Kadri tailed off at the end of the year, but was that because the league was catching up to him, or because he was tiring. None of us really know, because we don’t have a body of work to compare it to.

    Put it all together and I don’t see any way Kadri gets more than the kind of bridge contract Subban got in Montreal last year. Then if he is for real (which I think he is) two years from now he will likely sign a long term deal for 6 million a year, not the 4 that Henrique got.

    • dueman - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Very well put channelguy. I’ve been saying the same thing all along. Kadri and his agent are just trying to cash in, but it’s not going to happen. One half season of good play doesn’t qualify any player to make the kind of money that the sports writers are claiming Kadri wants. Kadri will sign, and there will be enough cap space for Franson as well. Franson can’t afford to hold out because he could lose his spot to Morgan Riley if he does. Kessel is closer to Kadri than any sports writers and he said that he expects Kadri to sign soon or before camp, and I’ll believe him before any sports writer. Nonis has done a good job this off season, and these guys are going to want to play and be a part of this team this year.

    • ogascadan - Aug 29, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      Great thoughts man, I couldn’t agree more.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Aug 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

      It is a bad comparison for sure for so many reasons.

      Number of complete NHL seasons: Henrique 1, Kadri 0
      Calder nominations: Henrique 1, Kadri 0
      Playoff experience: Henrique’s been to NHL finals. Kadri’s been to the AHL finals.

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