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Welcome Nazem Kadri to the trade rumor mill

Jan 16, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

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If the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to trade Nazem Kadri — “and there’s a chance that they will, perhaps even a strong chance” — they have to get a center back in return.

That’s what TSN’s Darren Dreger was reporting yesterday (video) about the 23-year-old. (And despite the headline, it wasn’t actually the first time Kadri’s name has come up in trade rumors.)

With 27 points in 45 games, Kadri’s numbers are down compared to last season, when he emerged as a full-time NHL center and scored 44 points in 48 games. Five years after he was drafted seventh overall, there remains considerable debate over just how good a player he is, and could become.

Kadri is signed through next season with a cap hit of $2.9 million, after which he can become a restricted free agent.

Here’s Dreger:


  1. 950003cups - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Who is this “official trade rumor guy” that never gets it right? I hope PHT isn’t quoting Eklund

  2. 950003cups - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    I could see a cool Budweiser jingle about “Trade Rumor Guy”
    That could be a funny one.

  3. ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Brett Favre, now in the mix.

    see ^^^, saying that doesn’t really mean anything.

  4. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    “That’s what TSN’s Darren Dreger was reporting yesterday”

    So in other words, it’s basically another meaningless attempt by TSN to grab attention. Rile up the Leafs fans and get some extra clicks on their website.

  5. hosewater2 - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Why is “welcome” to the rumor mill? This guy has been in the mill ever since he was drafted.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      the disclaimer was “despite the headline.”

  6. mrpinkca - Jan 16, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Part of the leafs grand plan to remove anybody who makes a positive impact on their corsi.

  7. spezzdispenser - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    If these rumors are true, I don’t get it. Why is a team constantly claiming it doesn’t have depth at center, trying to trade a center??

    • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      remember the Carlyle presser a few weeks ago? he laid it out pretty clearly what he expects of Kadri. here’s a link, for your reference:

      http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/12/30/toronto-maple-leafs-challenge-nazem-kadri-to-solidify-role-as-no-2-centre/

  8. rainyday56 - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Mctavish should trade for him. (giggle)

  9. thesportsjudge - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    I see him in Philly.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      interesting. i can’t say I’d WANT the trade to happen, but I could totally see a trade involving Schenn, just to quench Homer’s insatiable thirst for trading. he’s due.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        oh, B.Schenn*

      • biasedhomer - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        Why would Philly trade B Schenn for a center?
        Both players are at similar stages in their growth, and have similar upside. At best, it would be a lateral move for Philly, and a good move for Toronto (since they don’t like Kadri’s attitude and style of play). No reason the Flyers do this unless Toronto adds something to actually make it worthwhile.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:26 AM

        adding something to make it worthwhile is surely key…. that’s why I said “including” BSchenn.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:27 AM

        involving*

  10. stcrowe - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Ho hum. State the obvious and call it a rumour. Slow news day.

  11. jbink2585 - Jan 16, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Kadri for B Schenn will not happen flyers have no need for him at all if flyers make a move it will be for proven goal scorer, or D man Kadri make little to no sense and especially right now when B schenn is playing unreal.

  12. benrob99 - Jan 17, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    I’m pretty sure I heard somewhere that Kadri is a F&%$ing joke. I’ll stick to that assessment.

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