The latest on Nazem Kadri, David Booth and Chris Tanev, plus the “Battle of Ontario” will have a different look this season.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has put in extra work this summer to improve his skating. As for his contract status, Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle reported little progress with the Kadri camp or Cody Franson. It’s believed the Leafs could try to re-sign Kadri to a one-year “bridge contract”. Kadri remains hopeful a deal will be reached before the start of training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have roughly $4.9 million in cap space, which makes thing tight to re-sign Kadri and Franson.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch cited several factors which will give the “Battle of Ontario” between the Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs a different look this coming season. Among them: the departure of Daniel Alfredsson, the Leafs off-season additions and the Senators acquisition of Bobby Ryan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Senators and Leafs both legitimate playoff contenders, expect the intensity between the two clubs to ratchet up this season.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Vancouver Canucks winger David Booth’s agent claims his client has yet to resume skating. Booth suffered a season-ending ankle injury in March and reportedly had a screw inserted into the ankle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That ankle injury was obviously more complicated than originally believed. It’ll be interesting to see if he’ll be ready for training camp.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks RFA defenseman Chris Tanev has received some interest from teams in Russia and Switzerland, which could give him some leverage in his negotiations with the Canucks. His agent maintains he expects to have a deal done with Vancouver. Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman said it wouldn’t change anything, but remained hopeful of re-signing Tanev. Gilman also confirmed his club was looking to add another NHL-caliber defenseman, but that has no bearing on Tanev’s negotiations.