Leafs' RFA Kadri not concerned about contract talks

Mark Masters, TSN SportsCentre

7/12/2013 11:41:46 AM

TORONTO - Nazem Kadri isn't too worried about the state of contract talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"It's been good," the restricted free agent said Friday. "I mean, we're in conversation and there's still some work to be done, but we're talking and that's the most important thing."

Kadri spent part of Friday at the Mastercard Centre watching some of the on-ice action as the team's annual prospects camp wrapped up with a pair of practices.

The young centre was asked to assess the latest moves made by his team namely the signing of David Clarkson on July 5 and the trade for David Bolland at the draft.

"It's always tough to see some of your good friends leave and that's the hardest part about this business, but I do feel like we upgraded bringing in Clarkson, Bolland, just veteran guys that can bring a lot to the dressing room and on the ice."

Kadri is excited about the possibility of playing with Clarkson on the team's second line next season.

"He's an agitator that definitely gets under a lot of people's skin and that's kind of our identity and [coach] Randy [Carlyle] has been building it up and, obviously, want to be that tough team to play against."