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Nazem Kadri is back, and not just from suspension



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Nazem Kadri, like the rest of Avalanche, seems like he’s starting to get his groove back. He is playing the best hockey I’ve seen him play all season. He leads the team with 14 points and takes a six-game point streak into Vancouver tonight.

Early on in the season, the team played two stints against the St. Louis Blues. No need to rehash the past but it was obvious the Blues were still salty about last year’s playoffs. He seemed to be the target of every hit and scrum after the whistle. When Jordan Binnington tried to smack him with a stick, somehow Kadri got a penalty as well!

That has only fed the meme factory on Twitter, how it’s always his fault for everything and he needs to be suspended again.

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The team had back-to-back losses against the Columbus Blue Jackets and then a four-day break before playing the Vancouver Canucks. Something happened in those fours days, not exactly sure what, but he’s playing much more confident and back to his old self. I think that is what this team needed. They needed the energy, hard checking and scoring from Kadri, not to mention his prowess in the faceoff dot.

Coach Jared Bednar was singing his praises Saturday at morning skate before the Avs took on the San Jose Sharks, saying, “That (against Vancouver) was one the best 200-foot games I’ve seen Naz play in a long time. He checked hard, he was physical and really responsible with the puck.”

Nazem Kadri didn’t let coach down. He followed those comments up with a three-point performance and looked just like his old self. When Kadri is on and playing well, the team seems to really feed off of it.

With Nathan Mackinnon still out, Kadri and secondary scoring is going to be critical. The last two home games were fun with 13 total goals scored. Let’s see what he and Kadri can do on this road trip starting tonight!

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Thanks Kelsey – Kadri has been coming up big the last few games – let’s hope he keeps it up and stays off the suspension list.

You might want to proofread your last paragraph 😉


Kadri has been the most consistent player, and arguably the best, on this team this season. Definitely showing his value. Give this guy another deal please?

Adrian Dater

I absolutely think the Avs should sign him to an extension. But this might be tough. Kadri will be UFA, and while I think he likes Denver, I think he also wouldn’t mind going back home to Eastern Canada somewhere. This will be a tough re-sign.


Despite the fact that Kadri is often a great asset to the AVs, I am a little ambivalent about keeping him. All he has to do is sneeze and the league suspends him. That does not make for a lot of continuity for the team.


You cannot deny that he is huge part of wins this team has had this season. Suspensions aside, the metrics show the Avs are better when he is the than not.


Last time I checked, there were only three teams in Eastern Canada. I think we can safely say that Toronto won’t be chasing Naz. Stranger things have happened but I doubt it. Ottawa? Siberia? Great way to end your career and relevance. That leaves Les Habitants – the Montreal Canadians. Possible but I don’t think Naz speaks French. Large Muslim community there. That’s about the only possibility I see in Eastern Canada for Kadri.

Cal G

I mean, we could teach him to not do anything stupid in the playoffs…again!

Kurt Scherer

“Something happened in those fours days, not exactly sure what, but he’s playing much more confident and back to his old self.” Confidently. 7th grade English.
Naz at his best is an extraordinary asset. Naz, at his worst . . . well, let’s hope for Naz at his best.


You can point out Grammer mistakes without being condescending. It’s hard to check your own writing. Cut the lady some slack.


Haven’t noticed these kinds of corrections from Mr. Scherer on any of the male writers’ articles…

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