Kadri not backing down as camp approaches

- September 3rd, 2013

MILTON – Nazem Kadri was ready to tee it up here on Tuesday but will he
able to suit up when Leafs training camp starts next week?

Still without a contract eight days before the team is due to report for
medical testing, that prospect is very much in doubt.

And the longer his status lingers, the more frustrated the young forward
has become.

“It just seems that everybody who doesn’t know the situation seems to know
what’s best for me,” Kadri said prior to the team’s annual charity golf
event at Rattlesnake Pointe. “Hopefully we can come to an agreement soon.

“I”m just kind of waiting on them so I can get to training camp and get
the whole process going,” Kadri said. “I”m just doing whatever I can to
get ready for camp.”

Leafs management, meanwhile, has made it clear that there are potential
consequences to missing or arriving late at camp.

Coach Randy Carlyle said that both Kadri and unsigned free agent
defenceman Cody Franson made “huge contributions” to the team that made it
to the playoffs last year.

But missing camp, the coach implied, can stunt some of those gains.
“Some players (missing training camp) has a lingering effect over the
course of a season,” carlyle said. “There’s nothing that can replace
training camp. There’s eight exhibition games. There’s numerous practices.
There’s conditioning, there’s systems work. All that stuff is a process.
“Every player should be a part of it.”

Franson, meanwhile, says his agent spoke with the team on the weekend and
he remains hopeful to be in camp.
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