Kadri, Leafs agree to 2-year deal

The Associated PressSeptember 11, 2013
Kadri, Leafs agree to 2-year deal
Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) works the puck between Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) and right wing Troy Brouwer (20) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 16, 2013 in Washington. The Capitals won 5-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

TORONTO (AP) -- 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.