Where is Nazem Kadri going? When is he going to sign? If any of you think I don’t fervently wish for this contract situation to be resolved, so I can get on my with my life, my summer, my chair with my hands not glued to a computer or phone about all things Avalanche….well, you’re very much mistaken.
I still think Nazem Kadri will be back with the Avalanche. But it’s not done yet, and we’re entering into the evening of the second day of his being an unrestricted free agent. Usually, things don’t take so long. Free agents usually sign pretty quickly, the big names anyway.
But it hasn’t happened yet. All I can say is what I said this morning: I think he wants to come back to the Avalanche and I think the Avalanche would like to have him back. But the distance from a pen to paper is all relative. It might be close, but it might as well be an ocean apart too. Nothing is official until you sign on the line that is dotted (paraphrasing a line from the great movie “Glengarry, Glen Ross.”
I think the Calgary Flames have emerged as a strong suitor still for the services of Kadri, and why wouldn’t they? They just lost a top-line player in humiliating fashion, with Johnny Gaudreau going to Columbus. GM Brad Treliving is living under a lot of stress right now, having lost out on Johnny Hockey after painting an optimistic picture to the Flames’ faithful.
I don’t know what exactly will happen, as of 6:55 p.m. mountain time, on the 14th day of Our Lord, 2022.
But I hope, whatever happens, happens soon.
I still think the odds are high Jack Johnson re-signs with the Avalanche. Why would you look elsewhere on the “depth defenseman” market after what he just did this past season?
And who knows, maybe Ryan Murray too?