Found September 12, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet, Paul Ranger’s last day at work as an NHL defenceman was on Oct. 22nd 2009 when he was employed by the Tampa Bay Lighting. Two days later he left the office, citing personal reasons. He never returned and remained out of hockey for three years. Wednesday was his first day back at his old job in the NHL — this after a successful return to hockey with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL last year. He was so happy to be back at work that he cried, which is just one reason he’s the most intriguing, even mysterious figure on the Toronto Maple Leafs deep roster of potential NHL defenders. Leafs general manager Dave Nonis was touting him as a potential fixture among his club’s top four defencemen. It may have been a tribute to the 28-year-old’s skills (he turns 29 Thursday) while also serving as a reminder to Cody Franson — absent from camp in a contract dispute — that the club has options. continued

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...

Who’s The #1 Goalie In Toronto?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, The story of Day 1 will probably be the story of Day 2 and Day 3 of Maple Leafs camp — and every day until there is a clear-cut answer. Just who will start in goal for the Leafs this season? And, more importantly, who will win that job and when? From the outside, this appears to be a classic election between the incumbent...

Nazem Kadri agrees to two-year deal with Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Nazem Kadri on a two-year deal. The agreement ends an off-season of contract talks that at times according to reports had the two sides very far apart in both demands and expectations. Kadri had a breakout season during the 2012-13 campaign picking up 18 goals and 26 assists in 48 games played all career...

Cody Franson Hopes His Contract “Gets Worked Out Soon”

from Jonas Siegel of TSN, In a statement delivered exclusively to Thursday evening, Franson expressed optimism that a resolution would come to pass in the very near future.  "I really like playing in Toronto,” he said. “I think we have a great team and we have some unfinished business to take care of. I learned a lot from the coaches last year and felt like...

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...

Maple Leafs sign Nazem Kadri to bridge deal

Nazem Kadri has just 99 games of NHL experience, so while he might have been negotiating a salary based on his strong season last year (18-26-44 in 48 games), the Maple Leafs were clearly negotiating on a slightly longer period of time. They signed Kadri to a two-year bridge contract at a cap hit of $2.9 million. This is a little bit more than P.K. Subban got during his bridge contract...

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...

Aim For The Five-Hole

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Truth be told, this is no way to start a battle to become the No. 1 goalie of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jonathan Bernier readily admits that he’s allowed a steady stream of pucks through his legs over the last month – “Plenty … a lot,” he said – while adjusting to the new shrinking standard of goalie pads that will be introduced...

A Kadri Signing is Nigh! by   Bradshaw Furlong

Ladies and gentlemen, it appears as though the Nazem Kadri Saga has finally reached it’s dramatic conclusion. As was first reported by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, the Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Nazem Kadri have reached an agreement on a contract. The contract is worth $5.8 million over two years ($2.9 million per) and this means that Kadri won’t have to [...]

Another Response To Steve Simmons

Steve Simmons is arguing with me in his Sunday Toronto Sun columns.  In his most recent column, which is over a week old, he wrote: The Leafs penalty killing went from almost-record terrible for years to near tops in the league last season and Jay McClement was a big part of the change and the success. But he can’t be any good because advanced statistics consider him one of...
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