Updates on Nazem Kadri, Andrei Markov, Mike Cammalleri, Chris Phillips and more.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs RFA forward Nazem Kadri insists he’s taken the club’s limited cap space (around $4.9 million) into consideration in his contract negotiations, claiming he’s being reasonable. “I know I’m being pretty reasonable, taking all that cap into consideration, when really, that’s not my job to do,” Kadri said, adding the longer he’s unsigned the more of a distraction it’s becoming as training camp nears.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing wrong with Kadri and his agent for seeking a long-term deal and a significant raise, but the only leverage he has is to stage a holdout, a tactic which rarely works out in the salary cap era. Leafs management will likely wait him out.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: cited an NHL.com article suggesting defenseman Andrei Markov is the Canadiens “X factor” this season owing in part to his injury history.
TVA SPORTS: Calgary Flames winger Mike Cammalleri isn’t concerned about the club’s rebuilding process and his role within it. Cammalleri claims he’s looking forward to the upcoming season and meeting with the club’s newcomers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cammalleri is in the final year of his contract and I expect Flames management will shop him at the March trade deadline, when the bulk of his $7 million salary for this season has been paid.
CALGARY SUN: Former Flames backup Leland Irving is trying out with Finnish team Jokerit.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Veteran Senators defenseman Chris Phillips said if asked to become the club’s captain he’d gladly accept the honour.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Jason Spezza will get the captaincy but Phillips would also be a good choice.
EDMONTON SUN: New Oilers head coach and fitness fanatic Dallas Eakins will be putting emphasis on fitness for his players.