Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/21/13
Restricted free agent centre Nazem Kadri is still in a holding pattern in contract talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the 22-year-old centre may be feeling the pinch. Working out at the team's practice facility in Mississauga on Tuesday Kadri told reporters that talks over a new deal are weighing heavier on his mind as training camp draws closer. "The closer it comes to training camp it becomes more and more of a distraction" Kadri said. "That said I'm being more than reasonable. Right now it's their decision to make." Kadri who had no arbitration rights after completing his entry-level deal in June was second in team scoring with 44 points in 48 games last season. The Maple Leafs have been at a standstill with Kadri and fellow RFA Cody Franson as both players could be seeking bigger contracts while the team has just under $5 million in cap space. By comparison Carolina's Jeff Skinner New York Islanders centre John Tavares and Edmonton's Taylor Hall landed big contracts out of their entry-level deals and Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog got one last week - a seven-year $39 million contract extension.
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