With less than a week to go until the start of training camp, all eyes in Toronto are fixated on Nazem Kadri and his contract status with the Maple Leafs.
Kadri, a restricted free agent, drew plenty of attention on social media Tuesday night when he questioned TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie's report that the 22-year-old forward's camp is seeking a multi-year contract with an annual average salary of $5.5 million while the Leafs are seeking a two-year bridge deal similar to what Montreal's P.K. Subban signed last season.
"false Bobo," Kadri tweeted in a message that was later deleted from his account.
McKenzie replied with his own tweet, saying, "Feel free to provide any details, Nazem, but I'm satisfied with info conveyed in my tweets today."
Kadri, who took part in an informal skate with teammates on Wednesday, was asked about the exchange. "I just don't want people to think I'm unfair when, really, I'm not being selfish at all," he said. "I just don't know where those numbers are coming from to be honest. Not many people know the truth."
When asked if he wanted to clear the air on his contract status, he replied, "Um, not really...I just want something that's fair, that's all."
Kadri, who had no arbitration rights after completing his entry-level deal in June, was second in team scoring with 44 points in 48 games last season. The Maple Leafs have been at a standstill with Kadri and fellow restricted free agent Cody Franson as both players are seeking bigger contracts. The team has just under $5 million in cap space going into this season.
That said, Kadri is not opposed to sitting out in an effort to wait for the right deal. "If that's what it takes," Kardi told reporters on Wednesday. "I don't want to."