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Report: Kadri & Franson Contract Talks Not Close

Good old reliable Bob McKenzie is back from his summer hiatus and updating us on the status of the contract negotiations between the Toronto Maple Leafs and their pair of Restricted Free Agents Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson.

 

 

For all of you Leafs fans that were hoping for a timely resolution to this ongoing saga this comes as a bitter disappointment. For those of us that realized Dave Nonis was completely inept when it came to managing the Leafs salary cap as there is absolutely no way you can get both of these guys under contract for $4,895,833 (the Leafs remaining cap space), this is just stating the obvious.

Kadri and Franson were essential pieces to the Leafs return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.  Kadri broke out with 18 goals and 26 assists while Franson scored 5 goals and 24 assists for the Leafs last season.

I cannot think of a single reason either of these guys would cave into the Leafs demand to sign for grossly under their market value.

Aside from the obvious collusion that is probably occurring, how has a defense needy team like Edmonton not approached the Franson camp and offered a 3-year $12-million contract? It would not only be fair market value for Franson, but it would be virtually impossible for the Leafs to match if they also want to sign Kadri.

For anyone to think either of these guys is going to compromise and take a lesser contract than Matt Niskanen has is absolutely ridiculous…Good luck Mr. Nonis, you’re going to need it.

UPDATE:

Bobby Mac has updated us on the negotiations:

Cue people confusing “is asking for” with “is expecting to get”. Of course Kadri is asking for more than he deserves, that’s how negotiations work. The fair price is somewhere in the middle here…which is still too expensive for the Leafs.

 

Pretty much what has been speculated previously. I don’t think Franson is being ridiculous in his asking (he’s really good), and can see why the Leafs are offering what they are (Dave Nonis’ unbelievably inept cap management).

Tags: Cody Franson Nazem Kadri Toronto Maple Leafs

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