Found August 13, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
The story got a lot of mileage back in the winter of 2010 when veteran Maple Leafs had a one-game glance at Nazem Kadri sans shoulder pads and T-shirt. Captain Dion Phaneuf in particular warned the doughy first-round pick that in future he’d best shape up or get shipped out to the farm when the final cuts were made. Phaneuf’s comment was part of the usual razzing a rookie expects but it proved just the start of the needling Kadri took about his conditioning much of it from management and coaches. When Don Cherry came to the kid’s defence on national TV it became a major talking point in the absence of any Leaf playoff appearances. Yet it’s a challenge Kadri has embraced every summer since. Not even his best NHL season to date a leap to second in team scoring and a taste of post-season action were cause for him to take a break this past July and August. He kept up a dedicated pace in the gym and on the ice with the club’s power skating instructor Barb Underhill. That’s where he wa...

Mike Augello: No Progress On Pair Of RFA's

According to the Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby, the Maple Leafs and free agents Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson remain far apart on reaching an agreement on new deals. Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle, who is primarily responsible for contract negotiations, stated Monday that the club has no made no significant progress on contracts for Kadri, who was second on the club in scoring...

Tim Connolly Waiting For The Right Situation

from Lindsay Kramer of the Post-Standard, Center Tim Connolly is waiting in anticipation that the secondary wave of free-agent action will sweep him toward another NHL job. Connolly, most recently of the Toronto Maple Leafs/Marlies, remains an unsigned free agent at this late point in the off-season. His agent, J.P. Barry, said Connolly, 32, is not retiring and is focused...

Mike Augello: Franson False Alarm, Brennan Awaiting Opportunity

The most eyebrow-raising bit of information on a unseasonably cool day in mid-August(at least in Western New York it is) turned out to a complete charade. A report purportedly from Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos on Twitter stated that the Maple Leafs had reached an agreement with defenseman Cody Franson on a new three-year deal, but the information turned out to be from a false...

Mike Augello: Free(Agent) Grabovski, Prospect Everson Reinstated

Some would say that the Leafs took the descriptive title of Independence Day quite literally, as the club bought out the last four years of center Mikhail Grabovski’s contract on July 4th, freeing up $5.5 Million of valuable space on the salary cap. Much criticism was heaped on GM Dave Nonis’s decision to cut ties with the 29 year old center one year after former boss...

GARTH: Connolly Retiring?

The shrinking cap is causing a major market correction for many unrestricted free agents right now. The list of UFAs is as long today as it was yesterday. High supply. Low demand. Prices are low for the second tier UFAs. In most every other UFA market, veteran contributors like Brenden Morrow, Damien Brunner, Mason Raymond, Brad Boyes, Teemu Selanne, Mikhail Grabovski, and Tim Connolly to n...

GARTH: Hodgson, Kadri Waiting

Cody Hodgson isn't the only RFA center waiting for the phone call from his agent informing the youngster that his next contract is ready to be signed. Toronto's Nazem Kadri is in the same boat. So it New Jersey's Adam Henrique. Ditto NY Ranger pivot Derek Stepan. Hodgson is in a similar, yet very different spot right now than Kadri is in. The Sabres have $10...
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