Friday, August 16, 2013

Justin Smith

News and Notes

With training camp set to start in less than a month, two of the Leafs most important players last season remain unsigned. Although the cap seems tight, General Manager Dave Nonis believes he can get get both Cody Franson and Nazem Kadri signed under the cap. As per Dan Rosen of, these are Nonis' comments as follows:

"From our standpoint, we have enough cap space in our minds to get both players signed and that's what we intend to do," Nonis told during a phone interview. "There are definitely ways of making it work. That's our intention."

Nonis also believes that this problem the Leafs find themselves in is common throughout the league right now because of a few specific reasons.

"There have been quiet periods [in the negotiations], but that doesn't bother me at all," Nonis said. "That's par for the course in these types of situations. I also think it's a different year a little bit with the cap dropping [from $70.2 million to $64.3 million]. I think there is recalibration that needs to take place on both sides. You look around the League and I think that's happening. There are a lot of good UFAs [unrestricted free agents] that aren't signed because of the amount of money left in the marketplace."

Stay tuned to the Blue & White Review for the latest on these two potential upcoming signings.

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