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Sports Leafs' Kadri fine with potential demotion

00:31  12 july  2018
00:31  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Nazem Kadri has always seen himself as a No. 1 centre, but he'd have no problem being No. 3 on the Toronto Maple Leafs ' depth chart this season after The move reunites Tavares with Kadri , who were teammates with the OHL's London Knights. Kadri said the biggest improvement in Tavares' game has

Nazem Kadri has always seen himself as a No. 1 centre, but he'd have no problem being No. 3 on the Toronto Maple Leafs ' depth chart this season after the addition of John Tavares. If Tavares' arrival pushes Kadri to the third line, the 27-year-old London, Ont., native would be fine with it.

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OAKVILLE, Ont. - Nazem Kadri has always seen himself as a No. 1 centre, but he'd have no problem being No. 3 on the Toronto Maple Leafs' depth chart this season after the addition of John Tavares.

Toronto strengthened itself up the middle July 1 by signing free-agent Tavares to a seven-year, US$77-million deal. The 27-year-old Mississauga, Ont., native had 272 goals and 621 points over nine seasons with the New York Islanders.

The addition of Tavares (37 goals, 47 assists last season) leaves Toronto three-deep at centre with young star Auston Matthews (34 goals, 29 assists) and Kadri (32 goals, 23 assists). If Tavares' arrival pushes Kadri to the third line, the 27-year-old London, Ont., native would be fine with it.

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"Winning is the most important thing to me," Kadri said Tuesday prior to participating in the NHL Classic at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont. "I know that's maybe a cliche but that's just the honest truth.

"I don't care where I play, I don't care what role I play. Obviously I want to be an impact player and continue to have the success I'm having ... at the end of the day our ultimate goal is to win a Stanley Cup and bring that to the city of Toronto so we're all going to be on the same page."

Kadri believes with Tavares, few teams can match Toronto's depth at centre.

"Not so sure," he said. "There's definitely some good centremen out there but we're trying to generate some chemistry between the three of us.

"Hopefully we look to be on the power play together and we'll see how it works."

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  Bruce Arthur: John Tavares did what others wouldn’t and came home to the Toronto Maple Leafs The Toronto Maple Leafs are the biggest hockey franchise in the world in every way but accomplishment; they are loved despite themselves, most of all.Boys grow up dreaming of playing for the Leafs, but the best ones almost never do. Wayne Gretzky never came home. Eric Lindros did, but only after he had been broken. Steven Stamkos wondered: he sat down, listened to the pitch and fled back to Florida as fast as he could.On Sunday, John Tavares left the vagabond semi-obscurity of the New York Islanders to sign a seven-year, $77-million (U.S.) deal to play in Toronto.

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Toronto (40-27-15, 95 points) finished third in the Atlantic Division last season but was eliminated in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in seven games by the Boston Bruins. Despite that setback, right-winger Connor Brown said it will be hard for the Leafs to surprise opponents this season.

"Two years ago we were kind of sneaking up on teams and last year everyone was a little bit more prepared," he said. "You're going to get everyone's best and so you've got to bring your best every day.

"It (seven-game playoff loss) is a tough thing to go through for the city and the fans but also as a player. But you've got to control the controllables and all you can do is put together something better the next time."

The prospect of playing alongside three top-flight centres this season certainly excites the six-foot, 185-pound Brown.

"Those guys, they're all very dynamic and so it doesn't matter who you get," he said. "You're going to have a good centreman and usually that's a recipe for success."

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A fact not lost upon centre Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks, who were also in the running for Tavares.

"To find three centremen like that is tough," he said of the Leafs' trio. "They're going to be tough to match up against for teams, especially in their own division.

"There are a lot of good centremen but to find those three on the same team, that's impressive."

New Jersey forward Taylor Hall, the NHL's most valuable player last season, said the acquisition of Tavares gives Toronto head coach Mike Babcock plenty of options.

"There's going to be some mismatches for sure," said Hall, who went first overall to Edmonton in the 2010 NHL entry draft. "You'll probably see them have a very good home record with Babcock being able to match up and really have the players he wants out there.

"He (Tavares) went there because they're a strong team, they have a bright future. I think everyone sees that."

Tavares has been skating with his new teammates this week and left-winger Josh Leivo said Tavares' work ethic is contagious.

"It's just motivating us to work even harder," Leivo said. "He works really hard so I think he pushes us even more in the gym.

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"It's exciting to have him on our team."

The move reunites Tavares with Kadri, who were teammates with the OHL's London Knights. Kadri said the biggest improvement in Tavares' game has been his skating ability.

"Right from the beginning he was so gifted, he was just so much better than everyone else," Kadri said. "His hands and hockey sense were just off the charts.

"But he's worked on his skating since I saw him recently and obviously played against him the last few years. It's been a big improvement for him."

Tavares won't be the lone new face this season for a Toronto team that's minus six players from last year, including forward James van Riemsdyk. A 36-goal scorer last season, van Riemsdyk signed a $35-million, five-year free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kadri said Toronto will miss van Riemsdyk this season.

"He's just a natural-born scorer and that presence was very annoying for opposing teams to play against," he said. "He was the full package.

"JVR is a good player and I couldn't be happier for him."

William Nylander is the last player who will bite into the Leafs cap space .
Or so it seems right now. How much will be left over when his contract is signed in case the Leafs want to add another player? We last looked at the full list of Maple Leafs cap hits before the draft. Since then, much has changed, including some trades, some signings, and with about two months to go before the start of training camp, the Leafs have enough players signed at all positions to put a 23-man roster together. Only the cap hits of the 23-man roster count against the cap, along with some odds and ends of extras. The only player without a contract is William Nylander. By making some assumptions about who is likely to be on the roster/sitting as extra players in the pressbox, this is what the salary cap picture looks like: The bottom line, $12 million and change, is much more than enough to contain Nylander’s contract. Bear in mind that the Leafs can spend that full $12 million, then assign Nathan Horton to LTIR, and have a pool of $5.3 million to use to add even more players. The arguments for and against doing that largely revolve around ensuring that performance bonuses that might be earned this season get absorbed by this season’s salary cap and don’t roll over into 2019-2020. Bonuses cannot be absorbed by the LTIR pool, so to avoid a bonus carryover again, the Leafs would have to stay under the cap with Horton’s salary figured in, and in addition, have the cap space at the end of the year to cover those bonuses.

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