Updates on the Maple Leafs, Senators and Canucks – August 13, 2013.

The latest on Nazem Kadri, David Booth and Chris Tanev, plus the “Battle of Ontario” will have a different look this season.

No progress in Nazem Kadri's contract talks.

No progress in Nazem Kadri’s contract talks.

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.


  1. I hope Tanev enjoys perogies and borscht he has no leverage. A good but not great defenseman. The Canucks keep his NHL rights I believe until 2017….that’s a lot of borscht :-) His father interference is scrawled all over this, looks like Hodgson Mk 2

    I like the game Tanev plays does he deserve big money nope, not yet. There’s a better youngster waiting behind him….Frank Corrado. Either sign or move on Chris. I’m hoping he doesn’t get a NTC this might be a sign and trade situation. He’s not better than Smith in Detroit or Muzzin in LA and they got $1.2 and $1.0 respectively

  2. One playoff appearance in 8 years does not make Toronto a legitimate playoff contender. They won’t be back this year.

    • Yes it does when that 1 year was last year and they have improved the team this year. Teams are play-off contenders or not based on the roster coming into the season not what happened in 2009.

  3. The only difference in Ottawa is it’s now the CT Centre being filled with blue jerseys

    • This myth continues to be vastly overstated by Leaf fan’s. The majority of people in the arena for every game including Toronto and Montreal are clearly Senator fan’s and Ottawa’s attendance remains among the top 1/3 in the league. Not too bad for a small market team. Due to the seemingly conservative nature of Ottawa their fan’s tend to be a little quiet with the exception of playoff time. In contrast many of the Leaf fan’s that attend these games appear to me to be well lubricated (liquored up) and as a result are boisterous with some/many being truly obnoxious. This creates the impression that there are a lot more Toronto fans in the arena than there really are. Anyways Leaf fan’s shouldn’t hesitate to come up and enjoy the games. Obviously the team needs your money and I’m sure ol’ Eugene’s more than happy to fleece you when you get here!

      • Whatever helps you sleep at night Ranzeir