Maple Leafs' sorry season leaves Toronto in tatters
APR 9, 10:09a ET | Arielle Aronson
Rotowire: Jul 10 / 1:32p ET
News: Leafs coach Mike Babcock has high expectations for Kadri and had some pointed words for the center after the team re-signed him earlier this week, the Toronto Sun reports. The team signed him to a one-year extension that's a "show-us-what-you've-got deal" that will dictate his future in Toronto.
Impact: "I expect him to be an elite player," said the coach. "His training has to match his skill set." That comment was a not-so-subtle gauntlet thrown down to the hard-partying Kadri, whose off-ice exploits have earned him the disrespect of many. "You can't take the summer off. I expect our best players to be our hardest-working people and set the tone," said Mike Babcock. Even Don Cherry, one of Kadri's biggest supporters, had some pointed words for the enigmatic young player. "Now he has a new beginning and a new coach that won't put up with any B.S....Nazem must have a good year or he's toast." Expect Kadri to be motivated to prove his detractors wrong, so 2015-16 could be a big season for him.
Rotowire: Jul 5 / 1:22p ET
News: Kadri signed a one-year contract Sunday with the Maple Leafs that will net him $4.1 million, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.
Impact: Kadri skated in 73 games with the Maple Leafs last season, posting 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) over that span. He'll likely be penciled in as the Leafs' second-line center again in 2015-16, but that doesn't mean as much coming from a team that was near the bottom in goals per game last season and recently traded away their top scorer in Phil Kessel.
StatsLLC: Jul 5 / 12:00a ET
News: The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Kadri to a one-year contract extension on Sunday. The 24-year-old Kadri finished fourth among Maple Leaf players in scoring last season with 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) in 73 regular-season games.
Impact: Kadri has appeared in 250 NHL games - all with Toronto - and has 152 points (64 goals, 88 assists).