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Leafs sign Kadri for two years, $5.8M

Sep 10, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

Nazem Kadri; Keith Aulie AP

From the look of things, signing Nazem Kadri came down to agreeing on the length of a deal. The Toronto Maple Leafs inked the 22-year-old forward to a two-year deal on Tuesday.

The contract is worth $5.8 million (2.9 million per year), according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos and TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Again, it seems like the key was for Kadri to relent on term. TSN’s Darren Dreger points out that he’s only getting $25K more per season than Toronto’s previous two-year offer.

Kadri’s first season salary is $2.7 million while his 2014-15 salary is $3.1 million, according to Kypreos.

Kadri caves

This is clearly a prove-it deal for Kadri, who broke through with almost a point per regular season game in 2013 (44 in 48) after failing to stick with the team in 2010-11 and 2011-12. Kadri will still be a restricted free agent once his new deal expires, but he’ll have more leverage if he can prove that this past campaign wasn’t a fluke.

Kadri might be disappointed by this haul, but considering the fact that former RFA P.K. Subban accepted a similar deal in a similarly low position of power, it shouldn’t be shocking.

Buds’ budding bargain

After a summer full of polarizing decisions, this is basically a slam dunk for GM Dave Nonis and the Leafs. They’ve managed to sign a first-round talent who may indeed be breaking through while clearing up between $2-$4 million to re-sign Cody Franson (and maybe even Mason Raymond).

One of the best parts of the deal for both sides is that Kadri isn’t going to miss training camp, which makes this holdout different from several other recent high-profile negotiations.

  1. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Great news!

    Good price too… I’m a little surprise that it’s less than $3M/yr. I thought they’d meet closer to the middle of the numbers from the last report. They’re alot close to what the Leafs offered than what Kadri wanted. Maybe he is a team player after all.

    Hopefully they can get Cody Franson taken care of before the preseason starts. Looks like he’ll miss part of camp, seeing as it opens tomorrow.


    • dueman - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      It’s a fair price for a guy with one good half a season and lots of potential. Never listen to the media when it comes to what they claim is being said behind closed doors during a negotiation! They are not in the room, so anything that they report is either a lie or being fed to them to sway public opinion, to create pressure one way or the other. Nobody other than the two negotiating sides knew what was being negotiated, and that’s what Kadri was trying to let people know. If he was ever asking for 5-6 million per year, for 5+years like the media was originally reporting, they never would have settled on 5.8 over two years.

      Now hopefully Franson is smart enough to sign. If he tries to hold out, he may end up losing his job to Morgan Rielly.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        Not sure why you’re getting so many down thumbs, I totally agree. Especially the Toronto media who for the most part the behave much like TMZ news.

        Even Bob “Bobo” McKenzie, one of the more respected guys, misses the mark at times. I lost a lot of respect for him when he reported Pat Burns was dead without bothering to confirm it. Burns had to call him and set the record straight. Burns deserved more respect than McKenzie trying to be the 1st person to ‘break’ some news.

        Bobo’s tweet arguement with Kadri claiming Kadri wanted 5M per year for 5 years was obviously WAY off too. No wonder Kadri laughed in his face.

        I have to laugh at the quote on here about Dreger too: “Dreger points out that he’s only getting $25K more per season than Toronto’s previous two-year offer”.

        The original offer was $5.7M for two years, they agreed on $5.8M, that’s a $50k per year difference, not $25k. Good old Dreger-nomics.

      • dueman - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

        I don’t really concern myself with the thumbs down thing as there are a lot of clueless blowhards on this site.

        I’m surprised that McKenzie managed to get through that Pat Burns debacle pretty much unscathed. I’m surprised that he didn’t lose more respect from his peers and from the public. I guess though, when you look at the alternatives like Kypreos, or Healey, I’m not totally surprised. Did you notice that when Kadri called him on a story he wrote about Kadri, the guy actually wrote that he was confident in his reporting? I’m pretty sure that Kadri knew more about his own negotiation than McKenzie did…lol. I guess that the proof is in the contract, right!

        Now that he’s signed, they are all coming up with stories to justify what they’ve all been saying like what O’Brien here wrote – “From the look of things, signing Nazem Kadri came down to agreeing on the length of a deal.” when really, they have no clue. Then notice that halfway through this story O’Brien types in, in bold type “Kadri caves” They’re all just preying on our desire to know what’s going on to sell advertising through their corresponding outlet.

  2. buffalo65 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Good deal for both.

  3. sunderlanding - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Awesome news. Been waiting all summer for this signing. Good deal.

  4. icelovinbrotha215 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    This may be more of the norm heading forward. These ‘bridge’ contracts seem to satisfy both parties in the short term. Leafs did the right thing with keeping Kadri. He is too dynamic of a player to let go.

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    The kid finally realised he isn’t an all star and didnt deserve the money. He’s the new Dany Heatley

  6. boxscoreblog - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Be interesting to see what happens in two years when he’s up for a new contract. Everyone knows the Clarkson deal will come back to bite them, just will it be here? Better question being: how will Kadri handle a full season on the second line playing against comparably talented players? He has a lot to prove.

    • sunderlanding - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:03 AM

      The cap is going to go up every year. The Clarkson deal isn’t going to hurt them long term. The only chance it has to hurt them is this year (not very likely now) or next year. After that they should have most of their young talent signed, the cap raised, and another 2 million in buyout money off of the books. The Clarkson deal is a bit of an overpayment, but not as bad as most people make it out to be.

  7. withseidelinn - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Good deal, happy with the term and the price tag. Will be interesting to see what Franson is asking for. He made 1.2m last season, so it would be reasonable to assume he’s asking around 2m based on his performance. I don’t see how the Leafs would have any space whatsoever left over for Raymond if they sign Franson for betwwen 1.5-1.8. Someone will have to be moved or a few guys demoted to make it work, and Raymond would have to take a pretty big pay cut as well.

    • hockey412 - Sep 11, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      Franson can make much more than $2M elsewhere. If they are trying to only signing him at $2M on anything more than a one year deal to get through the low cap season, I hope he gets an offer sheet.

  8. gurfunklebunker - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Very happy about this signing, and I would be even happier if Nonis can manage to sign Franson to a deal as well!

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