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For the second time in as many days, Nazem Kadri's name has popped up in a surprising edition of trade hypothesis. Now it begins to get just a little more critical.
On Sunday, Larry Brooks of the New York Put up added a bit of gem in his weekly column that often contains scuttlebutt from around the league. All Brooks mentioned: "Boy oh boy, would the Maple Leafs love to discover a taker for Nazem Kadri."
It gave the impression to be out of left field and did not include anything else so you couldn't be faulted for placing a lot stock into it. However on Monday the sentiment was principally echoed by Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet. The Leafsmight certainly be looking to move Kadri along.
In wake of Carlyle rant this morning 2 #NHL clubs have confirmed for me #Leafs have made Kadri available in any commerce discussion.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) December 30, 2013
Nicely that's fascinating and by fascinating we mean barely miffing. Kadri is barely 23 years old and has already proven he has the potential to be a productive scorer at the NHL stage (he has 23 factors in 37 video games this season, barely down from last season's pace).
Moreover, Kadri is signed for comparatively low-cost with a $2.9 million cap hit by way of next season and plays middle, a position that the Leafs have been thin at this season with injuries and such. They should be wanting to add young centermen, not buying and selling them away.
But Kadri's relationship with the crew that drafted him has never gave the impression to be precisely simple. Some felt he was held down within the AHL for too long and Carlyle has been tough on him at instances. Plus, he'll be due an enormous raise that he was denied in the drawn-out contract negotiations this past summer season. That said, it is tough to deny his offensive capabilities and it makes you wonder what may very well be so unhealthy that the Leafs could be procuring Kadri at this point. It's just powerful to believe the Leafs would actually pull the set off on a deal that despatched Kadri out of city.
The timing could probably be somewhat for Kadri, who is bound to face some questions from the throng of media available for the Leafs' subsequent game on Wednesday: the Winter Classic.