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Rustling Leafs? Report says Toronto’s put Kadri in play

Dec 30, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

Could Nazem Kadri‘s time in Toronto soon be up?

It’s possible, according to a new report.

Sources of Sportsnet’s Nick Kyperos claim Leafs GM Dave Nonis has put Kadri in play for any potential deal:

Kadri, 23, has struggled this year after a breakout ’13 campaign that saw him score 44 points in 48 games. While his offensive production hasn’t completely plummeted — he has 11 goals and 23 points through 37 games — Kadri’s two-way game and defensive play (or, lack thereof) have come under scrutiny, most notably by head coach Randy Carlyle.

Today, Carlyle ripped Kadri and linemates Joffrey Lupul and Mason Raymond:

Holland — who, like Kadri, is a 23-year-old center — was acquired from Anaheim earlier this season and has looked good since moving east, scoring nine points in 19 games while posting a plus-1 rating for the Leafs.

It’ll be interesting to see if Toronto does move Kadri, currently in the first of a two-year, $5.8 million deal signed in September, a deal that featured somewhat acrimonious negotiations.

“The deal is fair for both sides,” Kadri told reporters after the ink dried, per “It was more difficult than I thought. I’m very relieved I have a contract.”

  1. hosewater2 - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Hey Alex Edler, you like Toronto?

    • lowenni - Dec 30, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      While that deal would potentially make sense, I don’t think Torts would want a player like Kadri on his team. He’d deal with the same problems he had with Kreider, because he makes sure players play a two-way game there.

      I think a playoff-caliber team thats struggling offensively more like the Rangers or Wild would make sense.

    • lowenni - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      (not that Vancouver isn’t a playoff-caliber team)

    • elvispocomo - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      Edler/Schroeder for Kadri/Gardiner?

    • c9castine - Jan 1, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      kadri is a punk. carlysle i no softy but tortorella would chew that dude up and spit him out. then ovechkin wouldn’t have to be the ugliest guy in the league.

  2. drewsylvania - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Makes sense. The Leafs already have one Phil Kessel. They can’t really afford a group of forwards who won’t play D.

  3. nj666 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Fayne/Clowe for Kadri/Clarkson.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      If I’m Nonis, I’ll still be laughing at this tomorrow.

      • kesselscores1696 - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        If I am anyone I’d still be laughing a year from now….. you could add Brunner and it would still be a bad deal for the leafs

  4. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    I like Kadri but I wouldn’t be opposed to seeing him moved. The only problem is that the Leafs still lack a #1 centreman, so moving Kadri doesn’t make a ton of sense unless another centre would be coming back.

    • elvispocomo - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      That was my first thought – who do they have to replace him as a top 6 center? If they could bring back someone more established then perhaps it makes sense but otherwise I’m not sure I see a deal working.

      • lowenni - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        I think they’re going to prefer playing Bolland over Kadri once he gets back. Carlyle demands 2-way play, and that’s why Bozak and Bolland will take Kadri’s playing time although Bolland may not officially get a “top-6” center moniker.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        If Bolland is close to a return then that’s the only way a deal works. Get a decent haul for Kadri, roll with Bozak, Bolland, and Holland for the rest of the year, fill Kadri’s spot in the offseason if need be.

      • withseidelinn - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:01 AM

        Bolland is right in between top and bottom six. Not quite enough offensive talent to be in the top 2 lines but still better than most 3rd liners. I can see Bolland and Kadri rotating a lot through the 2nd and 3rd lines. Not sure where Holland will go once they’re completely healthy.

      • elvispocomo - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        I agree with withseidelinn, where you’re essentially accepting that your lineup is one top 6 line and three bottom 6 lines. JVR, Bozak and Kessel for the top, with Bozak being a marginal 1st line center, then Lupul (who’s still a top 6 player) playing with linemates of Bolland and Raymond – making that a tweener 3rd line.

        Bolland’s fine to move up for cover duty but I wouldn’t want to have him as my 2nd line center on purpose. I’m not even sure I’d want Bozak on the top line, but to then not support him with a proper 2nd line center when that’s been an issue due to injuries all season long is just telling your fans that you’re ok with not making the playoffs, or maybe just getting in and then losing in the 1st round.

  5. devilsarethebest - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Again, someone I’d love to have. But doesn’t fit into Uncle Lou’s theory of team/defense first so basically no hope for us. But he made Kovy play defense so I can we can make anyone.

    • martysbetter - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      We need wingers anyway, I think Kadri is highly overrated btw.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:53 PM

        Henrique and Elias can play both wing and center, so it shouldn’t be a problem fitting him. Especially if Henrique goes the other way

  6. trmmadden34 - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Berglund 3rd – Kadri

    • withseidelinn - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM


  7. frankiesweep - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Hope hbo got good video of Carlyle loosing his s-_-hit.

    • imleftcoast - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      They got a good video of the door to the room closed with audio of Carlyle yelling, “We suck!”

  8. deezenucks - Dec 31, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Kadri is a bum, and a “joke” I wouldn’t trade him for him on my team for the proverbial bag of pucks.
    Did anyone watch part 3 of 24/7 yet, dude is so dumb he claims he’s a friend to complacency. And if you try to tell me he was joking just look at his face, he didn’t even understand the question.

  9. jimeejohnson - Jan 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM

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