Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri wanted to put an end to what often was contentious contract talk between himself and the team, and he got that wish late Tuesday when the sides agreed to a two-year contract for a reported $5.8 million. The deal allowed Kadri to be on-hand when the Maple Leafs opened training camp Wednesday.
The contract allows Kadri to show that his breakout 2012-13 season was just the start of him emerging as an NHL star. He was second on the Maple Leafs last season with 18 goals and 44 points. He'll have more time to negotiate a longer-term, bigger-money contract in the future, but knew now was time to get back to work.
"The deal is fair for both sides," Kadri told reporters. "It was more difficult than I thought. I'm very relieved I have a contract. It feels good. Just in time.
"I'm just glad to get the deal done and to be back with the guys and back with the organization. At the end of the day, this was the only place that I wanted to play. We made sure we made that happen."