With September fast approaching, Nazem Kadri, Mikkel Boedker and Marcus Johansson seem no closer to re-signing with their respective teams.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri won’t be speaking about his contract status until it is resolved, claiming only that “negotiations are continuing and the lines of communication are open”. Maple Leafs management also aren’t saying much about the status of talks, other than they’re going “back and forth”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Training camp opens in a week-and-a-half. The closer we get to that date without Kadri under contract, the greater the speculation over his future with the club. As I’ve frequently noted, Kadri has no leverage other than to stage a holdout, which won’t help his case.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports the Phoenix Coyotes are still trying to get RFA forward Mikkel Boedker under contract before training camp opens. Coyotes assistant GM Brad Treliving remains optimistic of getting a deal done. McLellan doesn’t consider Boedker’s situation comparable to that of former Coyote Kyle Turris, whose two-month contract holdout early in the 2011-12 season lead to his trade to the Ottawa Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unlike Kadri, Boedker wasn’t coming off an entry-level contract, but he opted not to file for arbitration, possibly given the uncertainty at the time over the sale of the Coyotes. Boedker’s situation could bear watching in the coming couple of weeks.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley speculates over the value of Capitals RFA forward Marcus Johansson, who like Kadri is coming off an entry-level contract. The Capitals currently have around $2.665 million in cap space. Gormley believes Johansson will either settle for a contract “in the $2.5 million range”, or the club will have to either move him or somebody else to make room for his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Johansson’s in the same boat as Kadri. If he can get $2.5 million on a one-year deal, he should take it and play his way toward a bigger payday.