The latest on Nazem Kadri’s contract talks with the Leafs, the Senators re-sign Colin Greening, and updates on Bobby Ryan, Taylor Hall, Dustin Byfuglien & more.
TSN/SPORTSNET: TSN’s Bob McKenzie yesterday reported Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri is seeking a two-year, $7 million contract while the Leafs are countering with $5.7 million over the same period. SPORTNET’s Nick Kypreos reports the salary numbers being discussed are likely between $2.8 million – $3.5 million per season. The Maple Leafs have less than $4.9 million in cap space.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At least the two sides have agreed on term and aren’t that far apart on the dollars. Kadri could settle for around $3.1 million per season, though that won’t leave much to re-sign defenseman Cody Franson and leave room for Mason Raymond to earn even a cheap contract. For more, check out the “Rumors” section.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: ESPN/TSN analyst Pierre McGuire told an Ottawa sports radio station new Senators forward Bobby Ryan was hampered last season by a stomach ailment. McGuire added Ryan has fully recovered and is excited about playing for the Senators.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers will shift left wing Taylor Hall to center to start the season.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien reported to training camp between 30-40 pounds lighter than his weight last season. Some had pegged his weight late last season at 302 but he’s well below that now.
CALGARY HERALD: With Miikka Kiprusoff’s retirement, Joey MacDonald, Karri Ramo and Reto Berra will jockey for the role of Flames starting goaltender.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It also leaves the door open for UFA goalies Tim Thomas, Jose Theodore or Rick DiPietro if those three struggle through preseason.