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Report: Leafs, Kadri settle on term, still apart on money

Sep 9, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Nazem Kadri haven’t inked a new contract yet, but it sounds like the two sides are getting closer. While it looks like there will still be some haggling regarding the money, both sides seem comfortable with a two-year “bridge” deal, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.

The Maple Leafs are offering $5.7 million for those two years while Kadri wants $7 million during the same period, McKenzie reports.

Is this fairly significant breakthrough a matter of training camp approaching or could Mason Raymond’s PTO invite have something to do with it?

Either way, it certainly makes a difference that the team and 22-year-old forward have settled on the length of this next contract. With a reported $1.3 million difference of opinion, that’s not necessarily a huge gap to close (although you never know with contract negotiations).

The Leafs have a little under $5 million in cap space to work with, according to Cap Geek. Perhaps the Buds could manage to squeeze Kadri and Cody Franson in their budget when it’s all said and done?

In the meantime, Raymond will try to force his name into the conversation, too.

  1. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Good news. They’re finally making some progress.

    If the numbers are right, Leafs are asking $2.85M/yr, Kadri’s asking for $3.5M/yr. They’re not too far apart. Meet in the middle, then lets get Franson locked up and get to work.

    Hopefully they can get it all done before the preseason gets going next Sunday.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    5.7 is enough man , you’re way in over your head kadri

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      He should be getting 4 IMO ! Arrogant kid

      • lordfletcher - Sep 9, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        I would want a lot of money too if I had to deal with that town and that media.

        Get your money son, you never know what the future may hold. One hit could end a career.

  3. lowenni - Sep 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    I think about $3 mil per season for two seasons is a fair deal. People are saying Kadri is shooting too high, and he is, but he did have a very, very good season last year. He was playing at about a 70 point clip, and generally people who play to those standards get paid more than $3 mil a season. That being said, there is the other side of the argument in that he has only played one season (and not even a full one). Kadri shouldn’t be paid like a superstar yet, but he shouldn’t be paid like an average player either. Marcus Johansson signed for $2 mil, and everyone is saying Kadri should sign a similar deal. Kadri had only two points less in a shortened season than Johansson’s career high in a full season (46 points). $3 mil is fair.

    • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 9, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      Agreed. I think the other recent signings around the league helped a lot to set the price range. Johansson signing at 2M/yr and Henrique signing for 4M/yr. Kadri falls in between them with what he’s accomplished… and seems to be where both sides are at right now.

  4. nyrnashty - Sep 9, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    What has he done? He had a few good weeks in a shortened NHL season. Let him prove himself in an 82 game season or 2 before the money starts to get thrown around. 2.5 million/per tops and he should consider himself lucky no one kicked his ass out the door for the insult. It’s always easier when it’s not a player from your own team that you want locked up, so I’m telling you Leaf fans he hasn’t proved anything yet.

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