Leafs re-sign Nazem Kadri, three Flames and two Senators file for arbitration, plus updates on the Oilers, Jets, Canadiens and Canucks.
TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs signed center Nazem Kadri to a one-year, $4.1 million contract. Kadri, 24, will be eligible for RFA status next July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kadri got a raise of $1 million over last season’s salary. This is a “show me” contract from Leafs management, who were disappointed in Kadri’s performance last season, which also saw him receive two suspensions, one from the Leafs for missing a team meeting. If his play improves in 2015-16, the Leafs will likely reward him with a lucrative long-term deal, Otherwise, he could end up on the block before the trade deadline.
CALGARY SUN: Flames forwards Lance Bouma, Paul Byron and Josh Jooris are among the 23 NHL players who filed for salary arbitration.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators forwards Mike Hoffman and Alex Chiasson were also among those filing for salary arbitration.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind this doesn’t mean those players will end up before an arbiter. It’s a good possibility all five could re-sign with their current clubs before their arbitration dates.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers prospect defenseman Darnell Nurse hopes to earn a spot on their improved blueline for 2015-16.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What I saw of Nurse’s performance last season indicates he’s NHL-ready. However, he’ll have to prove it to new Oilers coach Todd McLellan and his staff in September.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Coach Paul Maurice is throwing his weight behind the Jets ongoing youth movement.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Top prospects Nikita Scherbak and Michael McCarron hope to make a positive impression at the Canadiens annual development camp.
THE PROVINCE: The Vancouver Canucks recently fired long-time head trainer Mike Burnstein.