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Couture thinks Kadri should sign bridge contract

Sep 6, 2013, 12:42 PM 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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San Jose forward Logan Couture thinks Nazem Kadri should just sign the bridge deal the Toronto Maple Leafs are offering and stop trying to get the big-money, long-term contract he’s reportedly been after.

“I don’t know why he doesn’t just do a two-year deal,” Couture told yesterday. “Play and have a good two years like you know you can and then you’ll sign a nice deal after. You’ve just got to be confident that you’re going to have two good years.”

Kadri has refuted the reports of his contract demands (though he hasn’t publicly specified what they are).

Given Toronto’s cap crunch and Kadri’s lack of leverage as a restricted free agent without arbitration rights, it seems likely he’ll end up with a short-term deal, like the two-year, $5.75 million extension Couture signed in the summer of 2011.

Couture has since signed a five-year, $30 million extension that takes him through the 2018-19 season.

Related: ‘Plenty of money’ available for Kadri

  1. hockey412 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Here’s a question…what reporter is interviewing Courture about what Kadri is doing anyway?

    • Jason Brough - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      Probably a reporter who wanted to get the perspective of a player who went through a similar situation to what Kadri is going through now.

      • hockey412 - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        I guess I gathered that. I’m not so sure that Couture needed to answer in this case…kind of goes against the union.

        The more I think about it, the more I’m positive that Couture should NOT have chimed in…I like him, but this question was no man’s land.

  2. jason9696 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I heard he’s looking for a 6 year/ 30 million dollar deal. If that’s true that’s insane.

  3. ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    That why Couture is a popular player, he makes sacrifices for his team. Kadri is a bum, who clearly thinks he is a NHL star, when he isn’t. Who does he actually think he is anyway, just signs the flipping bridge man, jeeeze.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    The voice of experience – something several younger players should probably listen to.

  5. dueman - Sep 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    Brough – Why are you writing garbage like this? Haven’t you guys beat the Kadri speculation to death already? When he signs, that will be worth reporting. You do realize that a bunch of rookie tournaments started last night right? Don’t you think that reporting on those games would be more interesting than rehashing this crap? Call me crazy, but I think that PHT’s readers might appreciate some actual sporting news. Excuse the sarcasm, but come on…you guys haven’t reported anything about any of the games that were played last night. Instead, you’re writing this?

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      If you want box scores go pick up a newspaper. No one forces you to click on the story.

      • dueman - Sep 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM

        What a stupid comment! Excuse me for thinking that most people would rather read about real hockey after going all summer without it, but I guess that you’re the type that would rather read about hockey soap operas than read about actual hockey games.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:05 PM

        Dueman, it could be worse. You can go to Puck Daddy on Yahoo! and get the news on which dude Sean Avery is engaged or what Gretzky’s skanky daughter is up to. The hard hitting NHL questions.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 6, 2013 at 5:53 PM

        I don’t see how the most valuable NHL franchise, in a contract dispute with one of their best players, qualifies as E News fodder.

        It seems like you’re complaining for the sake of complaining.

  6. supercoop8 - Sep 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I can’t see a contract being signed before the start of the season. Subban is another prime example- he ended up signing the bridge contract and now the Habs are already looking to format his extension. Kadri has played 99 regular season games to which he has one successful 48 game stretch and he thinks that he has earned 5 million a year for the next six years, its unbelievable.

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