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.
$2.9 x 2 years for Kadri. $25,000 more per year than the Leafs offered 1 month ago.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September 11, 2013
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.
|Player||Contract AAV||Contract Length||Age||Production||Games||PPG||Date Signed||Cap Ceiling|
|Matt Duchene||$3.5 million||2 years||21||150 pts||219||0.68||June 23rd, 2012||$70.2 million|
|James Neal||$2.875 million||2 years||23||92 pts||155||0.59||Sept. 16th, 2010||$59.4 million|
|Logan Couture||$2.875 million||2 years||21||65 pts||104||0.63||August 26th, 2011||$70.2 million|
|Tyler Ennis||$2.812 million||2 years||21||83 pts||140||0.59||Sept. 15th, 2012||$70.2 million|
|Nazem Kadri||$2.9 million||2 years||22||63 pts||99||0.64||Sept. 10th, 2013||$64.2 million|
Thank God it’s over. No camp missed and hopefully no hard feelings.
'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
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.
Cap Space = $73,333
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.
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
Shoalts: Bernier gives Leafs fans genuine cause for hope
Good night all, I will hopefully be back on during training camp when there's some more news to discuss.
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.
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
colborne says hes up over 220 pounds now and hes been working on his skating with underhill all summer
It may be possible Raymond was really smoke and mirrors to sign Kadri we will find out once Raymond gets cut or not
@Savo43 There are many teams that have only 1 right handed defender, or none.
@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.
@DeclanK glowing praise for Bernier, im excited to see what this kid looks like up close
@Unfrickinbeleafable Yeah 1 more RFA year left after this 2 year contract.
@TheColborneUltimatum There a re lots of players on the Leafs who are not Randy Carlyle type of players.
Nonis is known to give young guys a chance so I don't see Raymond cutting it but camp will be the test
@Dangle_My_Berries If he turns into beast mode he could really be something in our bottom 6 along with Bolland.
@TheColborneUltimatum Yeah tomorrow is just physicals and Kadri buying lunch for the entire team.
@TheColborneUltimatum The fun stuff starts Thursday. Tomorrow is only off-ice physicals and such.
@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.
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.
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.
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
@theacs1966 Nice post.
@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.
@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
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.
@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!
@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.