Free Agents Hits: Kadri, Selanne and Cleary

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons on the stalled contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Nazem Kadri:

    Kadri wants to be paid like a star. Big money. Long term. Although no one involved will share the details of the stalled negotiations, whispers around indicate the two sides aren’t close to a deal.

    The Leafs aren’t certain what they have in Kadri, which is why they are reluctant to give him a big, long-term deal. They’d like to sign him to a bridge deal in the $2-3 million range. Kadri wants to hit a home run.

  • Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri on stalled contract talks:

    “I know I’m being pretty reasonable, taking all that cap into consideration, when really, that’s not my job to do,” Kadri said Tuesday after 15 Leafs had a pre-camp workout.

    “Obviously the closer it gets to camp, it’s becoming more and more of a distraction. But as I said, I’m being more than reasonable and it’s their decision to make.”

  • Josh Rimer: Signs are pointing to Teemu Selanne telling the Ducks in the next week that he’ll be playing this season. He has been skating and working out.
  • Sean Leahy of Yahoo! Sports: Selanne to Eric Stephens of the OC Register:

    “By next week, I know what I’m going to do.”

    “My point is, if they’re better than I am, I am expecting and accepting a smaller role,” Selanne said. “But if I’m better, I need to play more. I need to play top minutes. That’s what I’m looking for.

    “That’s fair for everybody. To be honest, I’ve been playing a big role. I don’t know if I’m ready to play 10-12 minutes a game. And that’s what I want to make sure. If I play well, I get what I deserve.

    “Sometimes it’s not like that. So I want to make sure I’m treated the way I deserve.”

  • Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks and Selanne talked this week. Selanne:

    “He’s always very clear, very honest” … ”He said, ‘Teemu, I’m more than happy to see you back. It’s your decision. If you want to play, let’s do it” … “I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t thinking about playing. But I haven’t really made the final decision because I don’t really have to yet.”

  • Craig Custance: Daniel Cleary is still in a holding pattern regarding a new contract. The Red Wings are still his first choice but he has options.
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  1. #1 by leafsfan (905) 420 at August 21st, 2013

    God I almost wish they wiuld sign kadri then tradr him, start showing if u arnt an elite player like phil then bite the bullet to help the team, all kadris comments have been is I should be lookig to get money then I should look at where the team is second , especially after one good season, also shouldnt they be more worried about signing franson a 6″5 offensive d that had shown he isnt afraid to go play in Sweden? (Not postive if thats the leauge)

  2. #2 by I_am_I at August 21st, 2013

    Based on what comments? Simmons? I can’t recall the last time he had anything good to say about the Leafs or their players.
    Camp is still ages away, he’ll sign. So will Franson. It is just a matter of how far over the cap the Leafs will be when camp starts and how they’ll shed the million or so they’ll need to.
    Franson may not want a bridge contract, this is his 4th contract already and he is UFA next season.

  3. #3 by leafsfan (905) 420 at August 21st, 2013

    Im on my phone so I cant add any links but comments like taking the cap into consedetation when thatd not my job, meaning what its his job to just go out there and collect a pay check, who cares what it does to the team. And just stupid comments like “ive played a 100 games in this league and I don’t think thats a little”. When in reality over 2 .and a half seasons ( wont count last as a full) it isnt really that many games

  4. #4 by leafsfan (905) 420 at August 21st, 2013

    Also he shouldnt even be letting ppl talk him into thinking hes proved as much as any of the players contracts he’s goin for

  5. #5 by leafsfan (905) 420 at August 21st, 2013 I got tgw ine quote from there but I mean I kniw it sounds like im hating on the guy which clearly I am a bit , but I love hes phiscal play but unless he can keep putting up points I dont care much for a small hitter

  6. #6 by leafsfan (905) 420 at August 21st, 2013

    His not hes** and its just to see gunnerson, clarckson, bozak, sign for as much as they did i just dont get that good feeling that this is gonna be that great kinda team detroit builds with guys taking cap hits to join the team, (ya I keep comparing leafs to wings which is un fair but its where every team wants to be) , but I did read in 4 years maybe it was going into the 4th year the cap will be back up to 80 mill which will start ti help us again (hopefully)

  7. #7 by I_am_I at August 21st, 2013

    I read the cap consideration thing differently, that he’s willing to take less because of the cap situation, and he is correct that cap management isn’t his job. His job is to play hockey. I assume that contracts are mainly the agent and the GM/Assistant GM not the player.
    That TSN article was stupid, the author compared Kadri to Skinner, Tavares, Landeskog and Deschene… ’nuff said.
    I agree that Nonis has consistently overpaid guys and that is a problem. Each one alone is OK but is adds up: Bernier is about $1M too high, Gunnarsson is OK I think, Clarkson is a free agent but the $$ and term are nuts anyway. Even though he said he took less to play here. Eating half of Frattin’s contract was a mistake. Each one isn’t so bad but collectively they hurt.
    Anyway Kadri will sign a 2 year $2.5AAV contract just before camp and cash in after that one.
    That leaves just over $3M to sign Franson and a 14th forward, assuming Holzer plays in the AHL.
    I suspect they will be $1.5M over the cap going into camp. (Franson at $4M, call up Broll or find a FA at league minimum).
    BTW Trading Kadri hurts their cap situation, they can’t replace him for less than he’ll be making.

  8. #8 by MattG at August 21st, 2013

    They will be giving a marlie a shot at the 3rd line RW, either troy bodie, or tyler biggs will be our cheap 3rd line.
    Kadri and Franson will be back i agree kadri will get 2 mill this year 3 next year. Once we move some of the roster around, take some of the guys off the roster that won’t be on the leafs like ranger and TJ brennan and those guys we should have 4 mill to sign franson. I think 4 is a little steep but he will get it from anyother team, they should give him 3.5-3.75 for 4-5 years and see if he will bite on that.

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