Maple Leafs re-sign Kadri.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with center Nazem Kadri on a two-year, $5.8 million contract.

Maple Leafs ink Nazem Kadri to two-year "bridge contract".

Maple Leafs ink Nazem Kadri to two-year “bridge contract”.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s an annual average cap hit of $2.9 million, giving the Leafs roughly $2 million in cap space to re-sign defenseman Cody Franson, though he’s reportedly seeking $2 million per on a two-year deal.

Kadri really didn’t have any choice but to accept this “bridge contract”. If he staged a holdout he risked missing most, if not all, of pre-season, which could hamper his performance when he returned to action.  He had no leverage coming off an entry-level contract, and with the decline in the salary cap, it was highly doubtful he’d receive an offer sheet from a rival team.

 Kadri had a promising performance last season (44 points in 48 games), but that came during a lockout-shortened season, and his numbers tailed off down the stretch and into the playoffs.

He’ll now have to prove that he’s capable of bigger and better things over two 82-game seasons. If he does, he’ll be in better position to negotiate more lucrative terms for his next contract, when he’ll also have arbitration rights.

4 Comments

  1. Sweet deal for the Leafs. If I were Kadri, I would’ve pushed for a one year deal.

  2. Leafs fans should thank their lucky stars Don Cherry wasn’t making the call on Kadri. If he had been, the team would have traded half its roster to give Kadri whatever he wanted.

    • Norm, Don Cherry may be a lot of things to a lot of people but I don’t think he’s every mentioned paying Kadri ridiculous money. All he’s ever suggested was that this kid has skills (which he does) and he needs to play to get better and to see what kind of NHL player he can be. Cherry may be boisterous with his opinions but he’s not often wrong. Kadri got a shot to be a top 6 forward and put up 44 points in 48 games. That’s not too bad for a 3rd year player who never really got a sniff under Ron Wilson. Let’s see what he can do now after feeling the rigors of half an NHL season and hopefully he trained his butt of this summer to handle 82 games + playoffs (if the Leafs make it).

  3. tv stations should just automaticly go to mute every time big mouth,rediculously dressed don fairy speaks