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from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,
The word “future” carries more meaning to Nazem Kadri now than the immediate concern of signing a long-term deal with the Leafs.
Kadri and his agents remain in talks with the Leafs regarding a new contract, and if those talks finish with a multi-year extension, they will bear an added responsibility for the 24-year-old centre — leadership.
In fact, leadership has been a mixed bag for the Leafs over the past few seasons, and it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to put Kadri in line for a role as an assistant or even team captain if he signs long term in Toronto.
“It’s something you think about a bit right now,” Kadri said as the Leafs wrapped up a third straight day of practice Wednesday in preparation for Thursday’s home game against the Flyers.
“Being a young guy, you want to take steps in the right direction. I’ve had that (leadership) role before in junior, so if it comes, I hope I’m in the right shoes to do it.”
After practice today...
“Every time I look in the paper, he’s doing all his yapping. “For five goals, for Christ sakes, he’s got more to say than anybody. Just shut your mouth and play hockey, that’s what I’d say.”
-Don Cherry on Nazem Kadri. Cherry appeared on Sportsnet's Fan 590 earlier today and Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post has more.
Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' notes:
What Leafs management likes most about Nazem Kadri — his inherent cockiness — is also what they like least. It’s good to have that when you’re producing. Kadri’s assist Friday night in Columbus was his first in 18 Toronto games, dating back to last season. ... Determined to get David Clarkson back on track this season, the Leafs coaching staff watched every game he played in his final two seasons in New Jersey this summer to get a sense of what he did well. So far, the reset, as Randy Carlyle calls it, seems to be working out just fine.
With 712 wins, Joel Quenneville is two seasons away from moving past Al Arbour on the NHL list of all-time coaching victories. He will end up second but nowhere near Scotty Bowman’s 1,244 wins . Quenneville, by the way, began his coaching career as a playing assistant to Marc Crawford with the Leafs farm team in St. John’s.
This is a tough time for hockey royalty: Gordie Howe, Arbour, Pat Quinn are all struggling. Wish all of them, and others we may not know about, the best. And from football, our friend, Dick Thornton, who writes via e-mail: “I’m fighting the best I can.” You can follow Tricky Dicky at http://www.coachthornton.com.
Simmons continues at length...
via Shawn McKenzie tweets,
Carlyle on Kadri "Is it confidence? Is it overconfidence? Is it cockiness? Is it all of those things?" Thats what you ask yourself"
Carlyle cont'd "I look at it as a strength. When you are able to not just talk it, you have to live it."
Carlyle "I'm sure he'll (Kadri) get some shifts tonight against John Tavares, so we will let the tale of the tape prove that"
If you missed what Kadri said earlier, you can read it here.
added 3:32pm, Watch Kadri talking after practice, below...
Talent-wise, there’s not too much difference, to be honest.
-Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs, comparing himself with John Tavares of the New York Islanders. More on Kadri and the Leafs from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star.
“It sucks, I don’t like it all. But I’m not going to let it ruin my confidence or my self-esteem as a player because at the end of the day I know what I can do and I believe in myself.
“I don’t want to say it works because then they’ll just keep giving me tough love,” he continued. “[But] I think I respond well to it. It doesn’t really bother me. I’m a pretty thick-skinned kid, even going back to minor hockey; I’ve had some pretty tough coaches. I don’t like it so much and sometimes I’m not so patient with it, but I think I react well. It doesn’t really bother me. It’s not like I go into a shell after I get ripped out or reamed out, I just continue playing my game.”
-Nazen Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the 'tough love' he has received from coaches. Jonas Siegel of TSN with the story on the tough love Jake Gardiner is now receiving.
"He's gotten better and more consistent, but if he's truly going to be a top guy and he wants to fall into that high-end category, those players don't go for swings where they are not competing, preparing and being prepared."
-Dave Nonis, GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nazem Kadri. More on Kadri from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
“If you look at us, it really sucks because for 85% of the year, we were one of the top 10 teams in the league. I think that’s something to be proud of. But it also kind of hits you even lower when you fall out of that playoff spot. We definitely know we can be one of those teams to be reckoned with. It’s just a matter of keeping it together.”
-Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs. More on and from the Leafs by Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun.
from the CP at The Hockey News,
"We like to know what spot we're in and what position we're in," Kadri said. "We understand where we're at and where we need to go, so tonight's an important building step in that direction, so we've got to make sure we come out ready to go."
Kadri reiterated what defenceman Jake Gardiner said Wednesday: that the Leafs feel they match up well against the Bruins. If nothing else, winger James van Riemsdyk knows Boston is a measuring stick.
"I don't know if I'd use that wording, but, yeah, I think whenever you play a team like them, they're a good team, you know you have to have your best game to give yourself a chance," van Riemsdyk said. "I think we rise to that challenge in that regard."
Neutral fans, what do you think, should Kadri been whistled for a penalty?
Larry Brooks reported this in his Sunday column too.
Should the whistle have blown?
Rangers did win in the shootout.
Brendan Shanahan explains...
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Thursday afternoon for a hit on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.
At 7:07 of the first period, Kadri hit Backstrom while driving to the net. Backstrom initially remained in the game after being attended to on the ice, but was replaced by Josh Harding at 10:31 of the first period and did not return.
Kadri received a two-minute minor for goaltender interference on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: goalie interference/charging. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Brought to you by the tweets of Damian Cox...
If that Kadri hit was a match, then the NHL rule book changed overnight. I'm ok if they want to call it that way, but never have before.
If Kadri just hauls off and punches him, it's a minor. National Hypocrisy League.
Again, I'm cool with the call on Kadri if they want to call it that way from now on. But they haven't and they won't.
But not a match penalty if you punch a guy into unconsciousness. Very sensible.
Kadri received a match penalty for the hit.
If you missed the first questionable hit from Kadri tonight, watch it here.
Kadri received 2 for goalie interference and Backstom did leave the game.
gif added 8:50pm,
from Wyatt Arndt of The Legion of Blog at the Vancouver Province,
For those that missed it last night, there was an incident during the game where Lupul tried to throw an elbow in Henrik Sedin’s face, missed, and ended up taking out his own team mate, Nazem Kadri, instead.
Funnily enough CBC didn’t mention this elbow attempt, nor was a replay ever shown. Had this been in the age before social media, it most likely would have seemed like it never happened, but alas, Twitter saw. Twitter sees everything. As a result, we all got to watch as Lupul attempted a pretty cheap shot on Henrik Sedin replayed on Vine posts and YouTube videos.
The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:
While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.
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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 Pietrangelo.
But that’s it. Compare that to how things were in the 1990s, when it seemed every team had two or three annual contract skirmishes.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
So now he's signed for two years, and now we'll see if he can back up his self-belief with performance. If he can't, Lord knows there will be enough people out there who will scream the team isn't giving him the proper opportunity, as was the case with Mikhail Grabovski.
Which brings us to the truly salient point here; like Grabovski, it's hard to see this marriage between Kadri and the Leafs being a long-term arrangement.
Even Kadri's tweet last night after signing seemed muted, measured and anything but celebratory:
"Happy to be with leafs for next couple years, looking forward to camp #leafnation #best nation"
The Leafs have bought themselves two years to see what they've really got in this talented offensive player. But can you really see this player-team relationship going on much longer than that?
He might be the most talented offensive player the Leafs have drafted since Vincent Damphousse in '86. Or at least since Brad Boyes in 2000.
But Kadri and the Leafs are like bone rubbing against bone right now. The only former top Leaf pick with a similarly problematic relationship with the team who comes to mind would be Al Iafrate, who struggled under a weak organization and with his own insecurities and only truly blossomed after he left Toronto.
As the Toronto Maple Leafs and forward Nazem Kadri work toward a new deal for the upcoming season, it appears it's no longer a matter of term but dollars.
Appearing on 'TSN Drive with Dave Naylor' on TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto on Monday, TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie said Kadri is asking for $7 million over two years while the Maple Leafs are offering $5.7 million over the same timeframe.
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 restricted free agent Cody Franson.
The team has just under $5 million in cap space going into this season.
from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,
And now along comes Kadri, who is under the mistaken impression that because the 22-year-old centre feels he was screwed around by the organization, it’s time to make it all back. At least, that’s the way it’s been allowed to be portrayed in the media.
If Kadri isn’t taking to Twitter to “correct” information being dispensed by people who cover the team on a daily basis, or insiders with solid track records (such as TSN’s Bob McKenzie), he’s standing in front of microphones and cameras and breaking what at one-point was a self-imposed embargo.
The Maple Leafs would be guilty of stupidity if they were they not leaking details of negotiations because, well, that’s the way these things go. It’s all about public positioning.
Kadri has fussed about the inaccuracy of reports he wants John Tavares money (six years, $33-million U.S.) but even if those figures are skewed a bit, the mathematics of Kadri’s negotiations are fairly easy to figure out.
via Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun on August 20, 2013,
Whether it’s because a new contract is closer or he’s skipping the start of Maple Leafs training camp a week Monday, Nazem Kadri is now keeping mum about money.
Asked on Thursday for an update on talks on Thursday at the practice rink where 15 Leafs and Marlies have been working out, the usually glib Kadri sent out a club intermediary who politely said the young Leafs centre was taking a vow of silence on the topic “until the deal gets done.”
Kadri responds to some of the tweets McKenzie made regarding Kadri's contract status...
RFA Nazem Kadri in this Sportsnet inteview says the ball is in the Leafs' court regarding his contract.
added 5:56pm, via David Alter of Sportsnet,
The Leafs, however, have countered with a two-year deal in the $3 million range as a bridge.
The fact that Kadri only had eight points in the last 19 games including the playoffs is of real concern for the Leafs.
It’s at a real stall right now with both sides waiting for the other to budge.
Via Sportsnet, the Toronto Sun's Lance Hornby spoke to Toronto Maple Leafs restricted free agent Nazem Kadri about the state of his contract negotiations with the Leafs, and Kadri was apparently none too pleased with the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' suggestions that Kadri's demands are unreasonable:
“I know I’m being pretty reasonable, taking all that cap into consideration, when really, that’s not my job to do,” Kadri said Tuesday after 15 Leafs had a pre-camp workout. "Obviously the closer it gets to camp, it’s becoming more and more of a distraction. But as I said, I’m being more than reasonable and it’s their decision to make.”
The Leafs would no doubt like to see their former first-rounder ink a bridge contract such as Montreal defenceman P.K. Subban, for $2 million to $3 million to set up that multi-year jackpot if he keeps flourishing. Yet the 22-year-old, the second highest Leaf scorer last season and Toronto’s likely No. 2 centre in 2013-14, believes he’s already making a strong case for future investment.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Kadri wants to be paid like a star. Big money. Long term. Although no one involved will share the details of the stalled negotiations, whispers around indicate the two sides aren’t close to a deal.
Kadri, the centre, wants star money and there is a case to be made that he is deserving of that.
He had 44 points in 48 games in his first full, albeit shortened, NHL season. That was three points behind John Tavares. That was one point ahead of Matt Duchene, two ahead of Anze Kopitar, and 11 ahead of playoff scoring leader David Krejci.
None of those players have a cap hit of under $5 million a year. And none of them played as little as the 16 minutes and three seconds Carlyle used Kadri each night.
He played three minutes fewer than Henrik Sedin and had one point less over the season.
added 4:19pm, Watch below as Kadri talks abou the series with Boston.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Strang: What are your thoughts on this team and what sort of run you can make in the playoffs?
Kadri: I think the sky is the limit, really. I think we could be a bit of a sleeper team. Not many people expect us to get out of the first round but, especially the way we've been playing lately, we can surprise a lot of people, for sure.
Strang: Can you imagine what the city would be like then?
Kadri: I have no clue. I think the last time we were in the playoffs I was 12 years old, so I've never really gotten the opportunity to see what it's like around here when it's going well. So, I'm definitely going to tune in.
from Mike Brophy at NHL.com,
The local reaction to Nazem Kadri's breakout NHL season for the Toronto Maple Leafs has varied, ranging from, "What took you so long?" to "Wow, I thought you'd have to be traded to finally make it here."
The reality, though, is after a few false starts, the 22-year-old is proving beyond any reasonable doubt he belongs in the NHL. Entering their game Monday against the New York Rangers, Kadri leads the Leafs with 17 goals, and his team-best 39 points place him 11th in the League. There have been times in the past few weeks when he has been comfortably inside the top 10, and it wouldn't be a stretch to suggest he ultimately will finish there.
Not bad for someone who, only a few months ago, was a healthy scratch with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. While Kadri has not yet earned the role of No. 1 center on a team trying to make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004 -- that spot belongs to Tyler Bozak, who skates between Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk -- he has become a main cog in Toronto's blossoming offense. When they are in the lineup together, Kadri and left wing Joffrey Lupul have shown signs of becoming a dynamic duo.
from Jonas Siegel of TSN,
Marlies training camp began with a thud for Nazem Kadri.
Among the most hyped Leaf prospects, but still short on serious production, Kadri kicked off his third season in the American Hockey League with underwhelming results, notably a lacking physical fitness.
"His body fat today is probably in the bottom three to five guys in our whole camp and that's unacceptable," said Marlies head coach Dallas Eakins. "That's the easiest part of coming into camp is eating correctly and training correctly.
"There's just no coming off if you're an athlete," Eakins continued. "It's no different than the normal person. You make your choice. You can either go sit on the couch, put your feet up and have a bag of potato chips or you can go on the couch and put your feet up and grab some carrots and some apples."
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
So let’s start in this corner over here, with once-and-again-and-again roster aspirant Nazem Kadri, prematurely and precipitously cast as a top-line centre when last he passed through Leaf boot-camp 12 months ago. That experience was an unqualified disaster for the brash young’un, who’d so impressed a year earlier when very nearly breaking camp with the squad. As in, a child shall lead them.
Second time around, with exactly one (1) NHL game on his resume, Kadri shocked as a cocksure cock-up, suddenly all a-flounder among the big-league pros. Common wisdom suggested Kid Kadri had spent too much time reading, and believing, his own press clippings, the fawning tributes and predictions, stellar reviews that were a bit much, based on his junior career flash.
There was, as well, the added distinction — with commensurate pressure — of being the first Muslim player ever drafted by the Leafs in this proudly multicultural city. So Kadri was not just a hockey scrubeenie, green in blue, but a diversity trophy as well, poor thing, carrying the banner for ethnic inclusivity.
His third kick at the can, stripped down to hockey essentials, has make-or-break written all over it, though management continues to preach patience with a boy who’s not yet reached his 21st birthday.
Jared Knight will forever be known as the 3rd best asset traded in the deal for Phil Kessel to Boston.
The 32nd Overall Pick in 2010 went to the Bruins from the Maple Leafs on top of two 1st Rounders, one of which consummated to Tyler Seguin. Unlike Seguin, of course, Knight receives no respect when discussing the value of the Kessel trade.
And perhaps deservedly so.
Knight was ranked 82nd among North American Skaters in Central Scouting’s Final Rankings. Combined with top European Skaters like Mikhael Granlund, Vladimir Tarasenko and Evgeny Kuznetsov, Knight was projected to go late in the 3rd or early in the 4th round. In fact, Jared Knight was not even invited to the NHL Scouting Combine.
But what the draft projections won’t tell you is that Jared Knight suffers from Diabetes.
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
“You’d rather not bring in a young player, two young players, on Hockey Night [in Canada],” Leafs general manager Brian Burke told the media after Friday’s practice. “It’s a carnival atmosphere and everyone knows it’s a special thing; you’d rather do it on a weeknight, frankly, but again it’s not an ideal world, this is what players have to deal with, and young players have to learn that.”
Sink or swim, kid. There as always going to be a spotlight on Kadri when he was called up, but to bring him up now is like adding a giant magnifying glass to the equation. The team is in danger of falling through the ice, sure, but they won’t be this bad all season, since that’s almost impossible to do.
But there just isn’t enough offensive talent on this team, bereft as it is up the middle. Bringing up Kadri now, as the forest burns, means there isn’t room for any other storyline. Maybe Kadri will be like P.K. Subban, who was thrown into the cauldron by the Montreal Canadiens in last year’s playoffs. Due to injuries, though, the Canadiens had no real choice. The Leafs did. Or at least, could have.
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
In less than a week, Nazem Kadri has gone from the hot story of Maple Leafs training camp to its most burning question.
Even with coach Ron Wilson openly calling him out again on Thursday, Kadri failed to make a mark, this time at his hometown rink, the John Labatt Centre, where he was a star with the London Knights the past two seasons.
The result of the continued flat play was a third-period demotion off the line he has skated with all camp thus far—prized off-season acquisitions Colby Armstrong and Kris Versteeg—to what looked like an all-Marlies unit between wingers Marcel Mueller and Darryl Boyce.
With Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski, Christian Hanson and John Mitchell all in the fight for centre spots, Kadri has been less effective than all of hem.
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
Being a first-round draft pick of the Maple Leafs comes with enough pressure. Nazem Kadri didn’t need any more heading into his first NHL rookie camp this week.
Fortunately, a potential controversy that could have involved Kadri, the seventh overall pick in June, has been cut off at the pass, and all the 18-year-old forward has to worry about here this week at the Memorial Auditorium is playing hard and impressing the Leafs.
This year’s rookie camp is scheduled at the same time as the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, an annual observance that calls for practising Muslims to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking or anything considered ill-natured, from dawn until sunset.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen via the National Post,
Nazem Kadri can’t possibly know what’s in store for him.
Not just because there are always questions about a teenage prospect’s future in professional hockey, but because the 18-year-old centre from Komoka, Ont., southwest of London, is on the verge of becoming just the second Muslim to reach the NHL. (Ramzi Abid played 68 NHL games after being selected in the second round of the 1998 NHL entry draft by the Phoenix Coyotes.)
Unwittingly, Kadri, drafted seventh overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in June, is entering the NHL at an interesting time for a player of his ethnic background. Kadri’s father, Sam, left war-ravaged Lebanon in the late 1960s, emigrated to Canada and married a Canadian woman of Lebanese descent.
The NHL and especially Hockey Canada are on the prowl for a new face - a player such as Kadri - to represent a rapidly changing demographic, to attract new Canadians to the game.