Maple Leafs, RFA Kadri getting closer to deal

With the Nazem Kadri contract saga likely at a standstill, the HC guys speculate on which side might give in first, offering up some advice along the way.

The Toronto Maple Leafs and restricted free agent Nazem Kadri appear to be getting closer to a deal.

The two sides have reportedly settled on a two-year bridge deal but remain apart on money, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said on Hockey Central at Noon on Monday. According to Kypreos, the money being discussed is between $2.8 million and $3.5 million per season.

Kadri has denied recent reports that he is seeking a long-term, big-money contract. The 22-year-old finished second on the Leafs in scoring last season with 18 goals and 44 points in 48 games.

The Leafs have slightly less than $5 million in cap space, according to capgeek.com, to resign Kadri and restricted free agent defenceman Cody Franson.