Maple Leafs’ Kadri says lack of contract ‘distraction’

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, a restricted free agent, on Tuesday told the Toronto Star he believes he is being reasonable in contract talks that he says have become a distraction.

“The closer it comes to training camp, it becomes more and more of a distraction,” Kadri told the newspaper after a workout in Toronto. “That said, I’m being more than reasonable. Right now, it’s their decision to make.”

The Maple Leafs open training camp Sept. 11.

Kadri scored 44 points in 48 games last season, the final year of an entry-level contract which paid him $810,000 in salary, according to

The website says the Maple Leafs are $4.9 million under the NHL salary cap of $64.3 million this season, with restricted free agent defenseman Cody Franson also unsigned.

“I know I’m being pretty reasonable, taking all that cap into consideration when really, that’s not my job,” Kadri said. “I did my work over these past three years. I did exactly what they told me, trying to be the player they want me to be. I think I’m well on my way.”

Kadri, 22, had 19 points in 50 games in parts of two seasons prior to 2012-13. He had 107 points in 119 games for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League from 2012-13.

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