Maple Leafs Hits: Kadri, Franson and Phaneuf


  • Chris Johnston: Maple Leafs VP of Hockey Operations, Dave Poulin, said they don’t expect Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson to be in training camp if they remain unsigned.
  • David Alter: Poulin said that they made a fair offer to Kadri and that it’s plenty of money for him.
  • Jonas Siegel: Poulin suggests that the offer they made to Kadri is based on their perceived market value and not the Leafs cap situation.
  • Rob Longley: Kadri is feeling like some are portraying him unfairly in this situation.
  • Chris Johnston: Kadri said that he is waiting for the Maple Leafs to make the next move in contract talks.
  • Darren Dreger: Dreger thinks a two-year deal for Franson makes sense and a that a one-year deal is also a good possibility. He could walk into free with more leverage.
  • Bob McKenzie: It’s not sounding like the Maple Leafs and RFAs Kadri and Franson are even in the same ballpark with regards to negotiations.
  • Bob McKenzie: Kadri is thought to be looking for a long-term deal in the John Tavares range, six-years at $5.5 million per. The Leafs are looking for a shorter term deal, in the P.K. Subban area, two-years at $2.875 million per season.
  • David Alter: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that he treats players who are not at training camp because of a holdout as the same as an injured player. You go with what you have.
  • Rob Longley: Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf on his free agent year: ”the contract stuff will take care of itself.”
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  1. #1 by micatola at September 3rd, 2013

    In the end these two players and the rest of the RFA’s out there have to realise that every team has cap issues (whether internal or external) that will prevent them from getting the kind of money they want. In the end they’ll just end up getting moved for picks and/or prospects. Then they’ll have to start the negotiating process all over. It’s not that they’re not deserving of raises, it’s the fact that the lower salary cap has hit them at the worst possible time in their personal contract situations. It sucks to be them but someone was going to lose because of the dropping cap and it was always going to be the last guys signed. It’s either take the money, sit or get traded. The Leafs will be desperately trying to unload contracts to create cap room but it doesn’t look good right now.

  2. #2 by hotwings at September 3rd, 2013

    i dont see whats so complicated in getting these 2 signed… the leafs shouldnt have to put liles on waivers to get this done… franson/kadri’s agents need to get on the same page, and basically divy up the remaining cap space between the 2 on short term deals, and then focus on the bigger payout for their players when the cap inevitably increases.

    if the leafs had an extra 2 million in cap space, im sure these 2 would have been signed by now… but we are living in reality here… get the deals done! kadri and franson need to be leafs come october..

  3. #3 by I_am_I at September 3rd, 2013

    Kadri (2013): 99GP 26G 37A 69P
    Tavares(2012): 243GP 84G 118A 202P

    If Tavares $5.5M cap hit is the yard stick then Kardri should get $1.8M He’s done about 1/3 of what Tavares did when he signed that contract. Maybe he should consider that bridge contract.

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