Friend of site Nazem Kadri laid down a twitter diss yesterday, becoming, if I’m not forgetting something, the first Leaf player to directly call out a member of the Toronto media over Twitter:
— Nazem Kadri (@43_Kadri) August 24, 2013
If you weren’t following along yesterday, Nazem wasn’t taking exception to Alter’s tweet alone. As he alludes to Alter’s “stories,” his reprisal appears to have been inspired by Alter’s piece yesterday about the gulf in the current negotiation between Kadri and the Leafs. Alter reported that Kadri’s camp is asking for a long term deal worth $5 million per – after originally naming an asking price of $6 million/year – while the Leafs front office is offering a 2-year bridge deal worth around 3 million AAV, which is, give or take $500,000, what most of us have been expecting to eventually become of this protracted negotiation.
My guess is that the hold up centers on a $500,000-$1,000,000 difference between what the club is offering and what Kadri’s camp wants in his AAV on the bridge contract. Or, possibly Kadri’s camp wants his bridge deal to be one year long instead of two, giving himself a chance to prove himself to the club over 82 games before hashing out a more lucrative long term deal next summer (instead of having to wait the additional year). Maybe it’s about both of those things, but I doubt Kadri’s camp is asking for an exorbitant long-term deal at this stage and I’d imagine this is why Kadri was upset at Alter’s reporting.
That’s just the sense I’m getting and is mostly my own speculation, so of course I could be wrong. Maybe the feeling in Kadri’s camp is that he produced as he could’ve and would’ve done earlier if he had the opportunity to do so under the previous head coach, and that he deserves the faith of a long term contract which pays him like the player he was for 48 games last season. It’s not something I find likely, but I suppose it can’t be ruled out.
Really, this is exactly how I saw this whole thing playing out in this market when it comes to a protracted RFA negotiation with a high profile player like Kadri. It should get sorted in due time, but that of course won’t stop the articles from being written or fan anxiety from growing in the mean time.
Note: It’s worth pointing out that Alter’s response was calm and level headed, for which he deserves some credit. Recently listening to his guest appearance on Steve Dangle’s podcast, he seems like one of the good ones. If I was inclined to get mad at anyone in all of this, it’s at Steve Simmons for his steamy dump of a column entitled “Kadri’s self-belief is stalling negotiations” from earlier this week.
Sunday morning links..
Interview: Dion Phaneuf wants to stay and win in Toronto
Sounds good to me.
What Might the Leafs’ Defense Look Like
No Liles in Tim’s projection.
David Alter reports Nazem Kadri wants a lot of money, Kadri fires back
Here’s Steve Dangle’s take on the Kadri/Alter exchange.
Top 25 under 25: #11 – Jerry D’Amigo
Will he get his first NHL action this season? You’d have to imagine so, at some point.
The Maple Leafs of My Youth
In case you missed this, Michael Langlois has published an ebook on iTunes. I bought it (only $3.99) and am really enjoying it so far.
ICYMI: Jonathan Bernier Viewing Party
If you’re looking to kill an hour and a half today and are so desperate for hockey you would be willing to watch an LA/Phoenix replay from last March, you can learn a little bit about Bernier by watching this game.
For what it's worth, I went to uni with Alter and he is a good guy -- he did an awesome job covering Western Mustang hockey and he is a true blue die-hard leaf fan
Looking forward to training camp. Cant wait for rookie camp. Pumped for this season.
It seems Bolland is flying under the radar right now. I think he will be the biggest addition this year. He will make such a huge difference for us.
GO LEAFS GO!
My legs get weak just looking at this pic.
Words fail me. If this doesn't sink of nefarious dealings with Lou, I don't know what does. Clearly he was whisked out the door.
Kovalchuk still wants to win Stanley Cup
How much money is the NHL losing by not having the equivalent of the NFL's OTA s? Drives fan interest. No extended periods of boredom. The camps are a great relief but not spaced well across the dog days. NFL does not have Euros to consider, but the NHL has a network, and showing scrimmages would surely provide ratings.
Some interesting video's of Clarkson and him scoring on the Leafs which we don't have to worry about any more obviously. The guy owned the Leafs when he played us. Good tilt with Neil also.
JVR has Phil Esposito hands.
Great perspective on GARDINER and his last season in Keating's link below. From Guards himself and Carlyle.
"There aren't many people who can move on the ice and move the puck and skate the puck as effectively as he can," Carlyle told NHL.com. "We just think that he is going to be a fixture on our blue line for years to come."
They had the same thought at this time last season, but while the NHL and NHLPA were going through the labor dispute, Gardiner sustained a concussion playing for the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League.
"I thought I was ready to play and I wasn't," Gardiner said. "I came back too soon and I wasn't the same player. It definitely took some time."
Gardiner wasn't himself until late March, when he returned to the Maple Leafs and played in 10 games. He occasionally was erratic.
"Right when I came back I made some poor decisions," Gardiner said. "I feel like I'm a pretty good skater, but I also have to be able to make good decisions or else sometimes it's going to end up in the back of your net. Turnovers were something I was definitely struggling with, but I think I was better toward the end."
"Even when he went back to the American [Hockey League, after his two-game stint with the Maple Leafs in January] it took him a long time to get his game going, but it was a pleasant surprise for him to come into the playoffs and make a contribution and play to the level he's capable of playing," Carlyle said. "We think that is just a maturing step, but he needs to continue to grow as a young player."
I don't blame Naz from firing back on twitter. Having said that, however, I would prefer he let his agents do his talking for him in these circumstances, mainly because twitter can be a real shit abyss and eventually you're going to say something that comes back to bite you on the ass, and once that happens it's on the web forever.
@LeafsForLife I agree . The guy is a difference maker for sure
@Optimustic 16 days till camp starts :))))))
That was awesome.
@rustynail No. Apparently for Leafs fans this month has been our own sad version of Groundhog Day
@DeclanK pretty good episode :)))
@Burtonboy You can tell from the expression on his face that he's terrified of snakes.
@Burtonboy So Ron Wilson got a new job, bravo!
@Burtonboy safety regulations....pfff.....what safety regulations .....shit needs building
@DeclanK He's welcome to come help us in Toronto. Oh wait....Carlyle.
@wiski I've yet to figure out why Kevin Lowe and a coach he just fired are involved.
@Xxxxxnew filthy hands
@wiski Guess that means Lucic made the team.
X: Thanks for sharing. Solid positivity from Gards and RC. Gards and Mr MR, going to give us a sick defensive threat (so long as Management see them as crown jewels)
@Xxxxxnew ya would hate to see that everyones human
@Cameron19 That would be ridiculous. He'd be a turnstile out there.
@wiski What anti Naz chatter? I hope you don't consider a reporter simply reporting what he had been told as anti Naz?
As I read the post, I saw adding an "i" could change the whole context of the message, and create a really bad nick name ( reminded me of your post about one letter "Having a wonderful time. Wish you were her.")
@whalz he basically said he wouldnt do it, but if the reason was to aquire a winger will skill and size (clarkson) that he would have to consider it.
not like cap space could have been made in different ways other than buying out your best center, and dare I say #1 center
@Xxxxxnew lol true enough, point taken
@wiski Ah...thanks for the clarification. I'm not on the Twitter so I have no idea what was happening.