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At long last, Leafs closing on Kadri

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07:18 AM ET 09.10 | Though it has taken up a good portion of the news cycles over the past few weeks, forward Nazem Kadri's contract impasse may soon be bridged. As the Toronto Maple Leafs and [Kadri's] work toward a new deal for the upcoming season, it appears it's no longer a matter of term but dollars. Appearing on 'TSN Drive with Dave Naylor' on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto on Monday, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie said Kadri is asking for $7 million over two years while the Maple Leafs are offering $5.7 million over the same timeframe. Kadri, who had no arbitration rights after completing his entry-level deal in June, was second in team scoring with 44 points in 48 games last season. The Maple Leafs have been at a standstill with Kadri and fellow restricted free agent Cody Franson.

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September 10, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Whewwwww! What a relief!

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September 10, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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$3 million is alright I guess. Kid better put up after all this nonsense.

I haven't much about this. So what's been happening?

September 10, 2013  09:42 AM ET

* heard much

September 10, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Split the difference.

September 10, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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I haven't much about this. So what's been happening?

Kadri and his cadre of lawyers and agents are looking for a wheelbarrow full of cash to prove he can do what he hasn't really proven he can do, as near as I can tell

September 10, 2013  10:34 AM ET
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Kadri and his cadre of lawyers and agents are looking for a wheelbarrow full of cash to prove he can do what he hasn't really proven he can do, as near as I can tell

Ah, they call it the To***to Syndrome I believe.

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September 10, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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He's been in the press a lot. Saying the cap "isn't his problem" and how he's being flexible, but for all intents and purposes it appears he wanted Tavares money/term (that's what the scribes were comparing it to). He just really didn't handle it well, and you know what that means around here. As for Franson, he's been dead silent and you barely hear his name even though I think the team is more screwed without him than without Kadri.

agree.

And to underline your point. Kadri is no JT

September 10, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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He's been in the press a lot. Saying the cap "isn't his problem" and how he's being flexible, but for all intents and purposes it appears he wanted Tavares money/term (that's what the scribes were comparing it to). He just really didn't handle it well, and you know what that means around here. As for Franson, he's been dead silent and you barely hear his name even though I think the team is more screwed without him than without Kadri.

LOL - I was being a bit facetious Danny. Shaw has added "The Kadri Channel" to my sports package.

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September 10, 2013  11:32 AM ET

Surely the second highest scorer is worth 3.5 million these days ??? WTF ?

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September 10, 2013  11:43 AM ET
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Gotta earn those big bucks...99 career games only..prove it over 2 seasons and THEN he gets his 5.5 million per year deal.

or, they piss him off now , he does prove it and is gone like Burkies bottle when his contract ends

September 10, 2013  11:47 AM ET
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He's been in the press a lot. Saying the cap "isn't his problem" and how he's being flexible, but for all intents and purposes it appears he wanted Tavares money/term (that's what the scribes were comparing it to). He just really didn't handle it well, and you know what that means around here. As for Franson, he's been dead silent and you barely hear his name even though I think the team is more screwed without him than without Kadri.

Book him Danno - you couldn't be righter. It really defies logic that no team has put up an offer, when a quality defenceman would be more than willing to sign for five years at a rate that would only cost a second round draft pick. Sure are a lot of offer sheets this year, eh. Somenewrule about doing it before training camp opens, or something?? Like nobody can use a large, mobile guy who just had a breakout season - on a formerly sweetheart team.

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September 10, 2013  11:59 AM ET

Sign them up, don't worry about no Cap:)

September 10, 2013  12:50 PM ET
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It's the draft picks that they'd have to give up that scares em away.

I'd more than gladly part with a second round draft pick, for signing Franson long-term.

September 10, 2013  12:57 PM ET

The Jets could even do it (up to 3.4m per yr), with Slater's meagre salary on the ltdl. But probably wouldn't part with any picks (future cheap-players, ie).

 
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