Found September 13, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek believes that the recent re-signings of players like Daniel Cleary and Nazem Kadri, combined with last year's relatively painless re-signings of training camp "hold-outs" like P.K. Subban and the relatively few numbers of holdouts this year illustrate the fact that extended holdouts--which used to be the one and only way for high-profile players to earn the big bucks they seek from reluctant rights-holders--just aren't the way of the contract-negotiating CBA beast anymore: Cody Hodgson re-upped last Wednesday with the Buffalo Sabres, there remain just a handful of unsigned players out there as NHL training camps opened with the first on-ice workouts Thursday. Derek Stepan hasn’t come to terms with the New York Rangers. Also, the Leafs and Ottawa Senators are negotiating hard with Cody Franson and Jared Cowan, respectively, and the St. Louis Blues appear headed toward a showdown with their best player, Alex Pietrange...

Guest Writer: Dale Lamontagne: Thoughts on Kadri Signing

It looked like Nazem Kadri wouldn't be attending the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp at all Wednesday, but that changed Tuesday evening. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Nazem Kadri finally came to terms on a new two-year deal, worth $5.9 million Tuesday night, ending the ongoing contract talks between the RFA and the team. The Maple Leafs and Kadri, 22, began negotiations...

Subban lean and mean heading into Habs’ camp

In their three-hour journey through the Canadiens’ first day of training camp Wednesday in Brossard the 55 invited players will undergo medicals and physical testing. They’ll see the team’s doctor and dentist and be weighed and measured. They’ll also smile for the camera — or not — for their official NHL head shot. P.K. Subban who won the Norris Trophy as the NHL...

Kadri deal reinforces higher market value for Stepan

Stepan > Kadri In case you missed it, Nazem Kadri signed a two-year bridge deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs last night worth $2.9 million per season. Kadri has just 99 NHL games played –only one full season– and has a line of 23-37-63 over those 99 games. In his only full season, the lockout shortened season, Kadri put up 18-26-44. That 18-26-44 should look familiar, since...

Leafs Re-sign Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson Next?

By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio) Getty Images With Nazem Kadri under contract, the Toronto Maple Leafs head into training camp on Wednesday with just one player unsigned; restricted free agent Cody Franson. Kadri`s 2-year, $5.8M deal leaves the Leafs with about $3M in cap room for this season. The Leafs will head into camp Wednesday with a roster pretty much set, and before any...

Mike Augello: Franson Absent From Camp; Interview With Sportsnet's Jeff Marek

58 players, including center Nazem Kadri reported to the MasterCard Center in Etobicoke, ON for the first day of the Toronto Maple Leafs training camp, but restricted free agent defenseman Cody Franson was conspicuous in his absence. The 26-year-old blueliner is the only player unsigned by the club after Kadri agreed to a two-year, $5.8 Million contract on Tuesday night. The...

Leafs’ last RFA Cody Franson switches contract ask

And then there was one. With the Nazem Kadri deal behind him Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis must turn his attention to restricted free agent Cody Franson. The unsigned Franson who did not attend the opening of training camp Wednesday has adjusted his negotiating tactic with the Leafs. According to Hockey Central insider John Shannon the Leafs have offered the defenceman a two...

Recent RFA Signings Further Cloud Stepan Negotiations

Fans clamoring for an end to the Derek Stepan contract stalemate received what appeared to be good news on the eve of camp when Nazem Kadri and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a two-year (i.e. bridge) contract worth an average of $2.9MM per season. Kadri was widely viewed as a close comparable to Stepan […]

Blogue CH: Congestion solide à la ligne bleue - Jocelyn Robitaille

N’exagérons rien, la ligne bleue du Canadien ne regorge pas de talent comme l’a été le Big Three à l’époque de Larry Robinson, Serge Savard et Guy Lapointe mais la liste de défenseurs ne cesse de s’allonger pour le CH. P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov et Josh Gorges peuvent être considérés, dans la LNH d’aujourd’hui, comme un solide...
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