It’s Done! Kadri Re-signs with Leafs
As of Tuesday night it is now official. Nazem Kadri has re-signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs on a two-year deal earning $2.9M per. Leafs fans have had a long and stressful wait for the 22-year-old centerman to resign with the blue and white, but can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
It wasn’t until Monday night that Kadri and the Leafs had come to an agreement on the length of the deal. It was reported by Bob McKenzie that Kadri had a long-term contract in mind at first, but finally agreed that a two-year bridge deal was more appropriate. With only one strong 48-game campaign to date, the bridge-deal makes perfect sense, and will force Kadri to prove his worth over these next couple of seasons.
The financials of the deal are definitely reasonable. At $2.9M per year, Kadri will be earning very similar pay to Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, who signed a nearly identical bridge-deal just last season. If Kadri can prove that his past season’s outstanding numbers of 44 points through 48 games can be repeated in a full 82-game season, he’ll certainly be subject to a raise come the conclusion of the two-year deal.
Overall, Kadri’s new contract is great for the Leafs. The money is sensible, and a young player working to establish his worth is a never a bad situation. It will undoubtedly be interesting to watch how Kadri can build off of his past season’s success and show that he can be a full-time offensive contributor in Toronto. With Kadri’s contract now totally completed, it’s time to get Cody Franson signed.