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Leafs coach on red-hot Kadri: ‘You guys just want to anoint him, don’t you?’

Mar 4, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

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If you like analogies, how about this one: Nazem Kadri is the Toronto Maple Leafs’ answer to Tony Romo.

No, this doesn’t mean he’s dating Jessica Simpson or Carrie Underwood. Instead, his head coach Randy Carlyle echoed Bill Parcells’ fun-killing line with this comment on Kadri’s hot streak to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

“You guys just want to anoint him, don’t you?” Carlyle said.

Parcells memorably said “put away the anointing oil” when Romo was experiencing his breakthrough Dallas Cowboys season in 2006.

(Let’s pause for inevitable jokes about Kadri throwing back-breaking interceptions/botching extra points.)

Kadri, 22, can relate to Romo in needing to persevere early in his career. His path is different,* but much like Romo, he’ll probably soon understand how it feels to have his highs and lows chronicled by a market obsessed with his sport.

The young forward has 23 points in 23 games after a one-goal, one-assist performance in Monday’s 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils. Kadri has produced four goals and five assists for nine points during a five-game point streak.

He might just have a chance to keep things rolling and become a fixture in Toronto like Romo is in Dallas. Let’s just hope he stays away from Los Cabos, Mexico, though.

* – Kadri was the seventh pick of the 2009 NHL Draft; Romo went undrafted and played for obscure Eastern Illinois in college.

  1. govtminion - Mar 4, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Yeah, heaven forbid Toronto fans have something to get excited about after the past decade. Way to dump water on that fire.

    • tatdue - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      This quote was taken out of context in a big way! Carlyle was laughing when he said it and followed it up by praising Kadri. The video is on the Leafs site and is the post game interview from last night if interested…

      Why can’t you write something good about the game instead of crap like this O’Brien? Or are you always going to be just a hack?

  2. juliath83 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    So, Kadri has nothing in common with Romo except for one-liners from coaches that were kinda-sorta similar? Thanks for wasting my time.

  3. hockeyfootball98 - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Two things….First this is why you have to be patient with some prospects this young man is turning out to be be a pretty good player….Second this is pretty much Brian Burke’s team he deserves a lot of credit for his patience and putting together a pretty good young team that should be in contention for quite some time.

    • joshuakorr - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      I was just thinking that about Burkie.

      Not sure if the leafs are going to be in contention for quite some time though. I mean New York, Philly, New Jersey, Tampa, and Washington are playing mediocre to terrible, and all of those teams have the potential to be much higher in the standing. I’m not saying Toronto is going to regress or drop off (though it wouldn’t be unprecedented), I just think its too early to say that they’ve established their identity as a perennial contender.

      But as govtminion said, I don’t want to raid on Toronto’s parade, they are doing excellent and I’d love to see them square off with any of the northeast division teams in the playoff. Toronto would be electric!

  4. valoisvipers - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I guess a lot of Leaf fans that were trying to trade Kadri for anyone with a pair of skates are happy now and glad he wasn’t traded away.

  5. lek9898 - Mar 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Kadri did things in junior which were Quite Simply AMAZING !! Not only does he skate , possess a great set of hands , he reads the ice like one of the Greats , he can grind it out , hit , and be scrappy with the best of them….
    A lot of people last year wanted him gone that was a shame he is still a kid…. When I hear a Sports Announcer ( Glenn Healey ) compare him to Doug Gilmour I sit up and Listen…. I have been high on him since I first seen him play…. If he can be remotely as good as Gilmour , I will be one happy LEAF FAN !!
    GO LEAFS GO !!

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