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Leafs VP: ‘Plenty of money’ available for Kadri

Sep 3, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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Another day, another development in the Nazem Kadri contract dispute.

On Tuesday, Leafs VP of hockey operations Dave Poulin said the club’s latest offer to Kadri is “fair” and has nothing to do with the fact Toronto’s roughly $5 million away from the salary cap ceiling.

“There’s plenty of money there for both of them [Kadri and fellow unsigned RFA Cody Franson],” Poulin said at Toronto’s charity golf tournament. “It’s not cap related.”

Kadri, who recently denied rumors he was asking for $30 million over six years, finished second on the team in scoring last year with 44 points in 48 games.

He’s admitted to being “a little frustrated” over the stalled negotiations and briefly decided to stop talking about the situation until it was resolved.

We say briefly, because Kadri was back discussing it again on Tuesday.

Toronto opens up camp in eight days and, according to Poulin, Kadri or Franson won’t participate without new deals in place.

What’s more, it doesn’t sound as though Toronto will let it affect negotiations.

“We believe it’s a fair offer. It’s representative of the body of work that he has done in his time here,” Poulin explained. “We’re in a good situation with that moving forward.”

  1. withseidelinn - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    They should both take 1-2 year deals and simply prove that they can produce consistently and play a strong game. They need to forget about their 5-6 year demands.

  2. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Who is his agent? Alexei Yashin? Half a season and he’s already a legend in his own mind.

  3. thompsonatl - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    People are blaming Nonis for cap issues. Well, if he pays Franson and Kadri what they are worth and not what is left on their cap, there will not be any issues fitting them into their 23 player roster.

    • scrouch - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:40 PM

      Of course people are blaming Nonis for cap issues. Before signing his core players he brought in Clarkson and Bolland how are eating up a ton of cap space. He’s still stuck with some brutal contracts that Burke left behind even after the buyouts but if you’re going to be really close to the cap, why bring in a rental player making over $3M/season to play on your 3rd line for a season? Neither Kadri or Franson have shown they are worth big contracts yet but I don’t expect the Leafs can sign both of them without offloading a bit of salary.

      • dueman - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        If you think Bolland is a rental player, then you’re out to lunch!

  4. valoisvipers - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Well if there is plenty of money, what is the problem?
    Someone will have to be traded to fit both under the cap space and get fair deals.

    • dueman - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      Wrong. If both players accept FAIR deals, there’s plenty of room. I’m not sure what you think is fair, but they can both get million dollar raises and still fit under the cap. Bridge deals is how the NHL seems to work now. Both players are trying to get long term deals based on one good half season, and it’s just not going to happen. They will both sign, and I’m guessing before camp.

      • valoisvipers - Sep 3, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        Fair? Well the Leafs are paying Clarkson about 5-6 million a year and Kadri was almost a point a game player last year, which Clarkson did not do. So would fair to pay Kadri more than Clarkson? Then it would be fair to say. there is not enough money left to sign both without trading someone.

      • dueman - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        I guess we’ll see, right!

  5. elvispocomo - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    “Plenty of Money.”

    Sure, the Leafs aren’t short on cash, but the cap space tends to be an issue when both players want most of if not more than the room they have left to sign both players with.

  6. thompsonatl - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Best case would be to trade Liles for a depth forward who is sub 2 million a year and can play with d-bags like Orr or McLaren. Good luck finding a dance partner Nonis.

    • dueman - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:35 AM


  7. beergold - Sep 4, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    Why exactly is EVERYONE that doesn’t wear Toronto Maple Leafs jammies to bed at night like you do an idiot?

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