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09-05-2013, 06:23 PM
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As negotiations on a new contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs threaten to keep the 22-year-old restricted free agent away from the start of training camp, fellow NHLer Logan Couture believes Kadri would be wise to follow his lead by signing a short-term deal now and looking to hit a home run later.

“I don’t know why he doesn’t just do a two-year deal,” Couture told on Thursday during the NHL’s player media tour. “Play and have a good two years like you know you can and then you’ll sign a nice deal after. You’ve just got to be confident that you’re going to have two good years.”

One of the main sticking points between Kadri and the Leafs is believed to be the player’s desire to sign a long-term, big-money extension. The team would prefer a shorter bridge contract similar to the $5.75-million, two-year deal that Couture signed in San Jose in 2012.

That ended up working out well for the Sharks centre, who was rewarded with a $30-million, five-year extension earlier this summer. He said the negotiations between GM Doug Wilson and agent John Thornton on the most recent contract lasted just 20 minutes.

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