Restricted free agent centre Nazem Kadri is still in a holding pattern in contract talks with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the 22-year-old centre may be feeling the pinch.

Working out at the team's practice facility in Mississauga on Tuesday Kadri told reporters that talks over a new deal are weighing heavier on his mind as training camp draws closer.

"The closer it comes to training camp it becomes more and more of a distraction" Kadri said. "That said I'm being more than reasonable. Right now it's their decision to make."

Kadri who had no arbitration rights after completing his entry-level deal in June was second in team scoring with 44 points in 48 games last season. The Maple Leafs have been at a standstill with Kadri and fellow RFA Cody Franson as both players could be seeking bigger contracts while the team has just under $5 million in cap space.

By comparison Carolina's Jeff Skinner New York Islanders centre John Tavares and Edmonton's Taylor Hall landed big contracts out of their entry-level deals and Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog got one last week - a seven-year $39 million contract extension.