Free Agent Hits: Nonis Talks Kadri and Franson, Theodore Wants to Continue Playing and Nokelainen to Sweden


  • Dan Rosen of NHL.com: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis intends to have both Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson under contract by the start of training camp.

    “From our standpoint, we have enough cap space in our minds to get both players signed and that’s what we intend to do,” Nonis told NHL.com during a phone interview. “There are definitely ways of making it work. That’s our intention.”

    Nonis added that there is no update on negotiations.

    “There have been quiet periods [in the negotiations], but that doesn’t bother me at all,” Nonis said. “That’s par for the course in these types of situations. I also think it’s a different year a little bit with the cap dropping [from $70.2 million to $64.3 million]. I think there is recalibration that needs to take place on both sides. You look around the League and I think that’s happening. There are a lot of good UFAs [unrestricted free agents] that aren’t signed because of the amount of money left in the marketplace.”

  • Harvey Fialkov of the Sun-Sentinel: Jose Theodore hasn’t heard from the Panthers, but he still hopes to continue playing.

    “The Panthers are still my No. 1 choice. I don’t know if the door is closed, but there’s been no discussions,” Theodore said Thursday in an exclusive interview with the Sun Sentinel.

    “Training camp is still a month away, so I’m not ready to think about [retirement]. 

  • Szymon Szemberg: Canadiens Petteri Nokelainen signed with Brynas in Sweden.

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  1. #1 by jeff at August 17th, 2013

    I love how nonis its handling these guys.

  2. #2 by Fill at August 17th, 2013

    LOL Nonis has fucked the Leafs in 6 months of work

    4.8 mill in space is probably not enough for Kadri nevermind both.

    Hope u enjoyed the one playoff year because here comes 10 more without

  3. #3 by Leaf_Fan at August 17th, 2013

    LOL Fill your an idiot if you think 4.8mil isnt enough for Kadri alone…

    sure its gonna be rough, but no way is kadri getting anything close to that… 3/3.5 MAX

  4. #4 by mr mike at August 19th, 2013

    kadri did well last year during the regular season but turned invisible in the first round of the playoffs. we’ll see how well he does over 82 games playing against the other teams top 2 defensive lines every night. we should be able to afford franson and kadri for at least 1 year with what we have left. go leafs.

  5. #5 by Fill at August 19th, 2013

    LAndeskog and Evander Kane are both over that and would be comparables

  6. #6 by Fill at August 19th, 2013

    I would ve focused on signing my young point a game forward before throwing money at CLarkson and Bozak

  7. #7 by Dave at August 19th, 2013

    Just under 1 point per game shortened-season does not equal signing someone for 5mill+ on a long contract Fill, that is how teams overreact and then regret these major contract. They are better off doing some sort of bridge-contract for a couple years in the 3+ mill range imo to see if he is going to be legit over the long term.

  8. #8 by Jeff at August 19th, 2013

    Is Fill really comparing Kadri to Landeskog and Kane? Maybe in the future, but he is not there yet. Not even close. There is more to Hockey than points.

  9. #9 by Wiz at August 19th, 2013

    100% agree with Fill. Signing Ranger and Gunner was a huge mistake and now it is coming back to haunt the leafs. Gunner for 3 mil a year and the leaf faithful wants the same amount for Kadri???? Get real. Oh Jeff, you are correct with Kane but Landeskog has only played 2 years vs Kadri’s 3 and the points are not even close. So Kadri beats him in points and years played. Not sure why he shouldnt earn the same amount.

  10. #10 by Jeff at August 19th, 2013

    That is because Landeskog’s ceiling is that of a future super star, while Kadri is not expected to be a 1st line player (i’m not saying Kadri cant become that, i hope he does).

    Landeskog was clearly an NHL caliber player during his age 18 season, and Kadri has just this past season, solidified himself as an NHL caliber player (age 22 season).

  11. #11 by Jeff at August 19th, 2013

    Regarding Gunnerson, do you know what the average salary is for NHL Defencemen?

  12. #12 by Jeff at August 19th, 2013

    Via CapGeek, here are some comparable players at his position and cap hit. He is the youngest in the group, entering his prime years, and there arent many on that list that i would prefer over him.

    Scuderi, Rob » 34 PIT 4 2013 2017 $4,000,000 $3,375,000 5.25% $225,000
    Seidenberg, D. » 32 BOS 4 2010 2014 $3,500,000 $3,250,000 5.47% $100,000
    Daley, Trevor » 29 DAL 6 2011 2017 $3,500,000 $3,300,000 5.13% $150,000
    Tallinder, Henrik » 34 BUF 4 2010 2014 $3,500,000 $3,375,000 5.68% $225,000
    Girardi, Dan » 29 NYR 4 2010 2014 $3,400,000 $3,325,000 5.60% $175,000
    Boychuk, Johnny » 29 BOS 3 2012 2015 $3,400,000 $3,366,667 4.80% $216,667
    Oduya, Johnny » 31 CHI 3 2012 2015 $3,300,000 $3,383,333 4.82% $233,333
    Jackman, Barret » 32 STL 3 2012 2015 $3,250,000 $3,166,667 4.51% $16,667
    Salvador, Bryce » 37 NJD 3 2012 2015 $3,250,000 $3,166,667 4.51% $16,667
    Phillips, Chris » 35 OTT 3 2011 2014 $3,250,000 $3,083,333 4.80% $66,667
    Ericsson, J. » 29 DET 3 2011 2014 $3,250,000 $3,250,000 5.05% $100,000
    Hejda, Jan » 35 COL 4 2011 2015 $3,250,000 $3,250,000 5.05% $100,000
    Methot, Marc » 28 OTT 4 2011 2015 $3,250,000 $3,000,000 4.67% $150,000
    Greene, Andy » 30 NJD 4 2011 2015 $3,250,000 $3,000,000 4.67% $150,000
    Greene, Matt » 30 LAK 5 2009 2014 $3,250,000 $2,950,000 5.19% $200,000
    Regehr, Robyn » 33 LAK 2 2013 2015 $3,000,000 $3,000,000 4.67% $150,000
    Klein, Kevin » 28 NAS 5 2013 2018 $3,000,000 $2,900,000 4.51% $250,000
    Klesla, Rostislav » 31 PHX 4 2010 2014 $2,975,000 $2,975,000 5.01% $175,000
    Gunnarsson, Carl » 26 TOR 3 2013 2016 $2,850,000 $3,150,000 4.90% $0
    Robidas, Stephane » 36 DAL 4 2010 2014 $2,850,000 $3,300,000 5.56% $150,000
    Ference, Andrew » 34 EDM 4 2013 2017 $2,250,000 $3,250,000 5.05% $100,000

  13. #13 by jeff at August 19th, 2013

    Mr. Wiz,
    You are passionately defending Kadri, a player with 63 CAREER points, as someone who should get a 40 million dollar contract extension. Kick back man, have a beer, and trust that the team knows what they are doing. He is RFA. They hold all the cards.

    Rather than “HUGE MISTAKE”, This really is much ado about nothing.

  14. #14 by Dave at August 19th, 2013

    Kadri may very well prove he can be a consistent elite player(and I hope he does), but the key is that he has to prove it before he’ll earn the big bugs, otherwise it’s a horrible gamble which has backfired on wayyyyy too many GM’s.

  15. #15 by Dave at August 19th, 2013

    and by bugs I mean bucks :)

  16. #16 by Fill at August 19th, 2013

    No doubt there is more to hockey then points Jeff.

    But when it comes to signing contracts in the NHL points are often the only thing that are truly looked at and can be negotiated upon.

    Obviously the shortened season and KAdri’s lack of experience is a huge part of why contract talks are going nowhere. I dont see Kadri as on Kane or Landeskog’s level at this point either, but I could see an agent making that play. Shortened season or not, he was still top 20 in points.

    Franson should be looking at 3mill a year at least too

  17. #17 by Fill at August 19th, 2013

    Hell Derek Roy signed for 4 mill on a 1 year deal, if youre looking for a “bridge” contract.

    Roy and Kadri are both players who are really only expected to produce points and not do much else and Kadri drastically outproduced him

  18. #18 by Fill at August 19th, 2013

    I think you Leafs fans need to go browse capgeek and look at some comparables

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