Nazem Kadri agrees to 2-year deal

Updated: September 10, 2013, 11:18 PM ET
Associated Press

TORONTO -- Nazem Kadri signed a two-year, $5.8 million deal, ending contract talks between the restricted free-agent center and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kadri had 18 goals and 26 assists in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

The 22-year-old wanted a long-term contract from the Maple Leafs. Instead, Kadri and Toronto agreed to a so-called "bridge" deal that gives him another two years to prove his value.

The Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban missed the start of last season while trying to get a longer deal, but eventually settled for two years and $5.75 million. Subban won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.

Kadri's cap hit of $2.9 million will be higher than Subban's $2.875 million.

The Kadri signing leaves one major question for the Maple Leafs: the status of restricted free-agent defenseman Cody Franson, who remained unsigned as of Tuesday night. The 26-year-old Franson had four goals and 25 assists last season.

Training camp for the Leafs begins Wednesday.


Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press

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