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Report: Kadri, Leafs talks remain unchanged

Sep 3, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs gets set for a faceoff against the Boston Bruins in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs 5-2 to take a 2-1 series lead.
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A week ago, restricted free agent Nazem Kadri was frustrated with the stalled talks between his side and the Toronto Maple Leafs. We can only imagine how he must feel now after another week has passed without anything changing, based on TSN’s Darren Dreger’s report.

So with training camp rapidly approaching, it remains to be seen if the 22-year-old forward will be there after scoring 18 goals and 44 points in 48 games last season.

Kadri reportedly wants a six-year, $30 million contract, although he later denied that report before deciding to go quiet until the negotiations are over. Still, if he really wants anything close to that from an annual cap hit perspective, then the Toronto Maple Leafs are in a very difficult position.

They spent aggressively over the summer and consequently have just under $5 million in cap space left to sign Kadri and fellow restricted free agent Cody Franson. Keep in mind, Franson is also coming off a strong year where he tied for sixth among defensemen with 29 points in 45 games.

It will be a challenge to find a way to keep both of them under the cap, but there is still some time to make something work before the consequences of them remaining unsigned begin to stack.

  1. geo91 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Take a 2 year deal and earn your contract. I can’t believe this stupid idiot thinks he’s getting paid after one season

    • thompsonatl - Sep 3, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Agreed on the greed. Kadri needs to sit out another half year if he thinks he should be paid anywhere north of 3 million a season. The Leafs are in BIG trouble this year with or without Kadri. They have zero depth and if they happen to hit a rash of injuries, they could be in for a high first round pick if the tank.

      If you disagree, tell me who is on their depth chart that can step into the lineup.

      • dueman - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:40 AM

        Educate yourself! Anyone can go to the Marlies website. The Leafs have lots of depth. There are many guys that can make the jump, especially on defense! You must be a habs fan!

      • thompsonatl - Sep 4, 2013 at 9:11 PM

        Again – Dueche-Bag (dueman), I realize they have a farm team, but tell me who they should bring up if a top forward gets hurt? D’Amigo? Ashton? Yeah – those guys are great scoring on AHL goalies you ^IDIOT^.

  2. rpettit123 - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    I sure as hell hope this report is wrong, If it isn’t say goodbye to Kadri. After only a half season on the books for him how can he expect 30 Million based on only 18 goals scored. Put in a 2.5 million one year contract to prove worth then ask for the large contract next year after you have proven the worth wow, There is no way that is happening if he is sticking to that goal for the contract we will see him sitting the year out cause I seriously doubt anyone will take on a contract that large for an unproven player. Slap Slap wake up Nazem your in a bad dream there buddy. You have to be a lot more realistic if you want a future in the big leagues

    • dueman - Sep 4, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Did you just decide to ignore the rest of the sentence where it says “although he later denied that report”?

      • rpettit123 - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:23 AM

        Sorry didnt see that but thank you for pointing that out I appreciate it. He’s a hometown boy I really want to see him in a leafs Jersey but there has to be a financial reason they cant iron out a contract personally I’m concerned we may end up losing him if something doesnt happen soon. To be honest I love the kid, I am extremely nervous about it.

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