Leafs re-sign Nazem Kadri: 2 years, $2.9 million per

Leafs re-sign Nazem Kadri: 2 years, $2.9 million per

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About that catastrophic cap crunch. Bob McKenzie has confirmed Nick Kypreos’ initial report of 2 years, $5.8 million (split like so: $2.7 million in 2013-14, $3.1 million in 2014-15) for Nazem Kadri’s new contract, avoiding a training camp holdout.

Dave Nonis and Claude Loiselle got their terms by waiting out Kadri, from the looks of things.

This should leave a little under $3 million or so to get Cody Franson done.

Kadri’s only real play for further leverage in this negotiation would’ve been to hold out like Subban did while hoping the team suffers in his absence, so we can all be thankful he hasn’t taken that approach.

Kadri will be an RFA again come July 1 of 2015, but will be aiming to score a more lucrative long term extension before then as Logan Couture and Matt Duchene both did.

In the meantime, hard to argue this doesn’t align with some of the other bridge deals signed in recent seasons for players of Kadri’s ilk.

PlayerContract AAV
Contract LengthAgeProductionGamesPPGDate SignedCap Ceiling
Matt Duchene$3.5 million2 years21150 pts2190.68June 23rd, 2012$70.2 million
James Neal$2.875 million2 years2392 pts1550.59Sept. 16th, 2010$59.4 million
Logan Couture$2.875 million2 years2165 pts1040.63August 26th, 2011$70.2 million
Tyler Ennis$2.812 million2 years2183 pts1400.59Sept. 15th, 2012$70.2 million
Nazem Kadri$2.9 million2 years2263 pts990.64Sept. 10th, 2013$64.2 million

Thank God it’s over. No camp missed and hopefully no hard feelings.

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. You can contact him at [email protected]
383 comments
DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

'Colborne similarly boosted his training regimen, focusing on leg strength. He’s been able to add more than 10 pounds of muscle to his six-foot-six frame, a welcome addition for the 23-year-old whose speedy metabolism has prevented such gains in the past. “I dropped to 210 at the end of last season and I came into camp at 214,” said Colborne, who says he is well over 220 now.' - Toronto Star

Savo43
Savo43

If we demote Liles, Smith, Ranger, and Holzer now, we'll have over 5.183 mill to sign both Franson (2.9m), Raymond (900k) while recalling Blacker (870k), and Brennan (600k) for the 6th and 7th spots. We'd only have 73k left on the cap but our roster would be lookin pretty dangerous. 

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JVR-Bozak-Kessel

Lupul-Kadri-Clarkson

Raymond-Bolland-Kulemin

McClement-Colborne-Orr

McLaren

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Gunnarsson-Phaneuf

Gardiner-Franson

Fraser-Blacker

Brennan

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Bernier/Reimer

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Cap Space = $73,333 

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Now, if Franson signs for 2.5, we won't need to demote Ranger, but tbh i like the idea of Blacker making the club over him anyways, start developing another right handed dman. With Ranger we have 5 (6 including Brennan) left handed defensemen. Thats borderline ridiculous. 

DJBrianBurke
DJBrianBurke

Welcome back Kadri, it's like you never left.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

lol sportsnet just showed video of Bobby Ryan walking the streets of Ottawa, talking to random people as a reporter, informing them that "Bobby Ryan" had come to town. No surprise here that only 1 person seemed to know who he was lol......I thought to myself, if he even step out of a car in Toronto he would have been flagged by a random and inundated with requests for autographs lol

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

kinda funny that the University of Alberta beat the Oilers rookies 4-3 lol

GeorgeCastanza
GeorgeCastanza

So I guess Nik kulimen is off the trading block?  Fucking idiots!!!!!!!

gunner_36
gunner_36

Good night all, I will hopefully be back on during training camp when there's some more news to discuss.

Unfrickinbeleafable
Unfrickinbeleafable

Am I looking at capgeek wrong or is Kadri an RFA again at the end of the 2 year deal or UFA?

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

Watching OTR. Ralph Nader just got owned by Stu Grimson on fighting in hockey

TheColborneUltimatum
TheColborneUltimatum

Raymond isn't a Carlyle type player I think he has a hard time making the lineup. I'd rather that spot go to Colborne or maybe even Damigo.

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

Ex-leafs are like ex girl friends great for the time, till you find a new one then it's fuck you, you were the worst ever . Lol

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

colborne says hes up over 220 pounds now and hes been working on his skating with underhill all summer 

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

It may be possible Raymond was really smoke and mirrors to sign Kadri we will find out once Raymond gets cut or not

Cameron19
Cameron19

@Savo43 There are many teams that have only 1 right handed defender, or none. 

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Savo43 Ranger is on a one way contract with a NTC.  He's not going to the Marlies.  He's got years of experience and Blacker hasn't played one NHL game yet.  You save almost nothing by sending down Ranger and calling up Blacker.  There was supposed to be 15 teams that wanted to sign Ranger so he would never make it through waivers.  Look for Blacker to be  one of the throw ins in a trade to move Liles.  And or look for your Blackers and Holzers, Fraser's, and D'amigos to be poached by either Eakins in EDm or BB in Cal.  Ranger was a man among boys last year in the A, Blacker for sure did not out play him so I don't know why you want him up over Ranger, no matter which way he shoots.  Ranger is the better player.  Now Blacker could knock off someone else, like Fraser, I doubt it, but it could happen, and there is always the Riley factor.  If he plays lights out, they'll have no choice but to at least start him on the big team.  

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

The Grim Reaper is a top lawyer these days.

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

Nonis is known to give young guys a chance so I don't see Raymond cutting it but camp will be the test

gunner_36
gunner_36

@leafsguru I love the idea of a PTO. Zero risk, maybe you find a real fit and get rewarded, and it increases competition. Plus for Nonis he's helping out a guy he knew by also showcasing him to other teams. Win-win situations all around.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

More about having lots of competition at camp.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

Funny how there seems to be a contingent of so called Leaf fans who want guys like Bernier and Clarkson to fail just because they're new.

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

When I lived in St. Catharines as a kid GM sponsored all the travelling teams for a year or two and the team names were all Corvairs, since the model had just come out. Luckily the Chicago Black Hawks became the new sponsors for about five years after that so everyone was the Blackhawks form tyke to Jr. A.

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

I don't think as much people would watch the game if fighting was banned from hockey. It part of the passion of the game. IMO

LeafsGuru
LeafsGuru

By the weekend I'm hoping some trades or rumours start

theacs1966
theacs1966

@Xxxxxnew No Leafs fan wants those guys to fail.  There is something they don't agree with.  I like Clarkson, not so crazy about Bernier?  Doesn't mean I want them both to fail, just so I look like I know what I'm talking about.  I hope I'm wrong about Bernier  If Reimer loses it for whatever reason, I hope he steps in takes us to the playoff and wins us that shinny cup.  You can disagree with mangt.  they don't always make the right call.  But they're trying to win, that is all.  We want them to win so we want to see the best chance at that, meaning the best team possible.   I'll never understand why BB signed Lebda, and gave him double the money.  I almost fainted when I saw it, soon everyone including BB were shitting all over the guy, and for good reason, he sucked.  But it worked out, cause we got Franson out of it.  We can be right or wrong about a move the team makes, doesn't mean we want that move not to work out.

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Komas Taberle @Dangle_My_Berries @Xxxxxnew i said that to myself a while back, we are getting to that stage where we like the players on the roster so much we find it hard to move them. You really have to be "distant" to be the GM of a professional team, cant get too attached, cause that attachment can blind your judgement and decision making concerning players 

Xxxxxnew
Xxxxxnew

I think because I've been around so long, I've seen them win four cups, that I no longer fall in love with players anymore. It's about winning a frigging cup.

Komas Taberle
Komas Taberle

@Dangle_My_Berries @Xxxxxnew That is a very good point. I remember Burke saying how you know you have a team that competes when it hurts the fans feelings to trade good players, and it takes a while to get over it even although the new players are better.

It's almost like the Stockholm Syndrome with some of these fans!

Dangle_My_Berries
Dangle_My_Berries

@Xxxxxnew ya I agree. When I heard of the signings I was ecstatic to see the leafs had made moves to get better. We have sat back for so long watching other teams improve and now that management is trying to do the same, some seem shy and afraid to embrace it. We have to have some faith in what these players could bring to us. If Bernier becomes Elite, it will be the deal Nonis is remembered for.

Alec Brownscombe
Alec Brownscombe moderator

@mattobv @Bobsyouruncle @Alec Brownscombe Sounded like he was working off prepared points, and really had no clue what he was talking about once the conversation started veering on him.

He was throwing around the phrase staged fighting and literally did not know what it meant.