Leafs sign Kadri for a fair deal but cap concerns linger
Once upon a time, the Leafs considered themselves to be in an excellent position with regards to cap space for the 2013 NHL season.
Not too long after, they weren’t. This isn’t to say budding star Nazem Kadri and his 2 year 5.8M dollar deal isn’t a good deal, if not a great one, but cap concerns linger.
After coming to terms on a bridge contract with the team’s highest scoring centre, critics are now able to put the term and salary into perspective. At 2.9 million annually, it’s hard to argue against it, especially after forward Colin Greening of the Ottawa Senators signed a contract for 2.65 million not 48 hours prior.
Not only does it make Greening’s deal look bad but so too does it make fellow centreman Tyler Bozak’s deal look bad, as the lesser productive centre will be making 145% more money on an annual basis.
Looking past the mishaps though, there remains a foggy salary cap picture with the likes of Mason Raymond and Cody Franson unsigned and roughly 2 million dollars to deal with in cap space, disregarding potential demotions.
If the Leafs are to dress the ideal lineup come opening night they’ve got their work cut out for them. Moving both of Trevor Smith and Korbinian Holzer will more than likely give the Leafs a little more wiggle room but moves may have to be made in the coming weeks.