Toronto taking advantage of CBA

Nazem Kadri‘s lesson in how the NHL’s new labour agreement could affect his career came early Thursday morning when he arrived at the Air Canada Centre for an open practice the Toronto Maple Leafs held for their fans.

One minute he looked and veteran teammate Tim Connolly was in his seat in the dressing room.

Next minute he was gone.

“He was here when I first walked in and then I heard some whispers from the guys and then eventually didn’t see him in his seat,” said Kadri. “I was just shocked and surprised.”

Connolly was told he was going to be waived by the Leafs shortly before practice started and never took the ice with the team.

But under the terms of the new CBA it may not be the last time the veteran centre dresses for the club.

Under the old CBA a veteran earning the kind of money Connolly is — his cap hit is $4.75 million this season — would rarely see the waiver wire.

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