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Updates in the Kadri and Franson Watch

Update:  More reports of exorbitant long term contract demands from Kadri have been denied by Nazem himself on Twitter. Just as David Alter did, Bob McKenzie stuck by his source and replied by asking Naz to clear the air with some specifics on his contract demands.

Some will say the whole thing could have been avoided and that with better cap management Kadri would be under contract by now; others will read the reports far too literally and decry Kadri’s ludicrous demands as indicative of  a need for an attitude adjustment. I’ll just say it would be an odd and seemingly self-destructive move for Kadri to deny these reports if the terms reported are indeed the ones he is asking for and expecting to receive. While McKenzie is the king of hockey insiders, it wouldn’t be the first time he or Dreger have reported asinine contract demands only for us to find out that what a player may have initially asked for and what he ends up getting are often two very different things. I would hope negotiations have progressed past the point where the Leafs are offering a bridge contract worth approx. $3 mill  per while Kadri’s camp awaits an offer worth $5.5 million per over 6  years.

Here is McKenzie’s take on how it will all play out.

All signs still  point to a bridge contract worth between $3 and 3.5 million. It’s just a question of when and if it will involve any missed time from the Leafs‘ most valuable center.  As much as I could point to certain moves I’ve  seen as wasteful, we kind of have to give Nonis these next two weeks. What’s the benefit of signing a deal today rather than the 15th if it means putting the Leafs in a worse cap situation moving forward?

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Original post:

Leafs players and management have been meeting with the media today at the Leafs Charity Golf Classic (a stream is available here).

First and foremost, there were a few small updates provided in the Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri contract situations.

It seems, based on some of the tweets today, that Franson is open to signing a one-year contract. That strikes one as odd given a two-year bridge takes Franson to unrestricted free agency. It’s possible Franson’s main priority is hitting the ground running in camp and starting off on the right foot, with an eye toward a longer term deal next off season. He would be an RFA again next summer, but he would get to revisit his contract again right away having had the 82-game season to build up his body of work headed into his next negotiation.

This could help the Leafs make the cap work for this season – I could see Franson signing a one year deal in the high 2s – but the club should be weary of adding more expiring contracts to the pile for next off season. It sounds like the Leafs could be adding Franson to the list alongside the others – Phaneuf, Kessel, Kulemin, Reimer, Gardiner and potentially Bolland – in need of contracts in the 2014 off-season. Locking down Kadri for two seasons at a reasonable figure seems imperative. On that note, the vibe feels considerably less optimistic with Kadri at the moment when it comes to getting a deal done before training camp. Dave Poulin told the reporters the following:

 

The line out of Kadri’s camp, meanwhile:

Sounds like there is a bit of a stand off between the two sides at the moment. The stuff about Kadri asking for something in the neighbourhood of $5.5 million per over 6 years, which Nazem seemingly denied on Twitter when David Alter first reported it, just won’t go away either:

 

Cap issues aside, it goes without saying that this is not a type of deal the Leafs should be considering at this stage of the game with Kadri.

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In other news, Jonathan Bernier has reportedly stolen Randy Carlyle’s parking space at the MCC. I get that Bernier is gunning for Reimer’s job and is embracing the whole “I’m a new man who takes what he wants” attitude, but this is kind of a dick move, new guy. He also took Nonis’ spot and seems proud of it.

 

Chris Johnston and David Alter are both reporting from the course today if you’re looking to follow along for more updates.

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Check out the interviews from today’s Legends Charity Golf Classic at RattleSnake Point:

Alec Brownscombe is the founder of MapleLeafsHotStove.com, where he has written daily about the Leafs since September of 2008. He was also the editor of the 2009-12 Maple Leafs Annuals. Contact him at [email protected]

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Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

Burke to Calgary? Say it isn't so!

No more fleecing the flaming sheep :(

rustynail
rustynail

Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie

7m

Burke is deep into discussions to join the Flames in an executive position but it is not, as of this moment, done.Beyond that, for us, it's all speculative. Could very well get done. Enough moving parts/complexities that there could be issues.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

anyone who has Leafs tv, its showing a breakdown of the roster the Leafs are sending to the rookie tournament as far as I see

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

No doubt about that! lol. Kind of miss that actually. I expect he will have some definite control of the hockey decisions im sure. No other reason to bring him in.

LeafsForLife
LeafsForLife

@Uncle Otis I like that "flaming sheep." Should use that as a picture for when the Leafs play the Flames this season.

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

Brian Burke, fucking up rebuilds all across Canada

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@rustynail Probably revolves around King giving control of team decisions to Burke, while King focuses on building a new arena.

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

exactly....and Burke can finally tell Camallari that he should signed with the Leafs lol 

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

I'm sure he would have some input....he tends to speak his mind lol

Optimustic
Optimustic

@Dangle_My_Berries @Uncle Otis When  they first heard that Phaneuf was being traded toTO they were saying the same thing about the Leafs.   That there wasn't anything they wanted except our first round pick,  and that was already traded to Boston for Kessel.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Dangle_My_Berries

Burkie will straighten that ship out..best move they could ever make

Somehow I think they are too dense to even pull that off

Feaster famine :)

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

Been bopping in/out of late

Busy with start up on our Atom team...had first coaches meeting tonight and even after mucho beers I can feel the excitement of a new season!

Got an invite for you and the boys up north next year...need someone to keep Doorman in line! haha

Greg Fenton
Greg Fenton

He'd be perfect to derail their rebuild. He did a great job of it here.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Uncle Otis @Dangle_My_Berries yupp, gotta wait and see what happens now. ima enjoy some leafs prospects hockey tomorrow : ) .......also, did the sabres just rip of the Preds colour scheme with their new third jerseys ......sooo ugly

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Dangle_My_Berries

Last time I seriously cheered for the Flames was when Lanny won his cup.

Ever since the Gilmour trade I see them more as a farm team ;)

No more it appears

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Dangle_My_Berries 

Tougher than when he came here?..I think so

But if anyone can turn sow's ears into silk purses it's Burkie

I too will cheer him on from afar.

Uncle Otis
Uncle Otis

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan 

Haha...you have no idea Bon!

Doorman caught me after a four day bender with 14 buddies and then my daughter got whiplash symptoms so I had to shorten our stay/leave the island.

I swear he'd still be there 'til freeze up living off the land...and liquor store ;)

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@Uncle Otis 

Sounds like a plan (I'll bring the herb). Although, I doubt anyone could keep Doorman in line.

And yes, it's nice to know hockey is just around the corner.

phaneufoundlander
phaneufoundlander

Yeah, he did a rotten job in TO...The 2008 Toronto Maple Leafs was easily the worst hockey team in recent memory but he began to turn it around when he brought in Kessel, JVR, Lupul, Phaneuf, Gardiner, McClement, Franson, drafted Kadri, Reilly, and stocked our cupboards with prospects....He also unloaded defensive deadweight Tomas Kaberle for a first-round pick from Boston and a prospect....he was terrible...insert sarcasm.