NHL Morning Links - Aug. 21 

August, 21, 2013
As training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs approaches, the absence of a new contract is becoming "more and more of a distraction", according to restricted free agent Nazem Kadri. Even though the 22-year-old forward insists he's taking the Maple Leafs' salary cap limitations "into consideration", the two sides are believed to be far apart on the negotiation front. While the Leafs are thought to be interested in inking Kadri to a two-year, P.K. Subban-like bridge deal, Kadri's reps are apparently keen on having their client signed long-term.

Looks like Teemu Selanne will let us know sometime next week whether he plans to return for another season with the Anaheim Ducks. The 43-year-old wants the chance to play a top-six role.

You can scratch Sheldon Souray from the Ducks' lineup for the next four to six months. The veteran defenseman is expected to sit out until December -- at least -- after undergoing wrist surgery in late July. To plug the roster hole, Anaheim signed 27-year-old D-man Mark Fistric to a one-year, $900,000 deal.