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Sunday Notes: Kadri Watch Into 2nd Week, Calgary Critics ‘Pisses’ GM Off



Nazem Kadri

A good Sunday to you all. A pleasant, sunny day in Denver for the most part, though there’s a touch of rain too. The storms move quick out here. Let’s do some NHL notes, thoughts and observations, starting with a thought or two on Nazem Kadri:

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  • It’s unbelievable he’s still unsigned and out there, right? I remain a pessimist he will return to the Colorado Avalanche. I’d say it’s 20-80 against. But, hey, a 1-in-5 chance isn’t astronomical. I continue to believe that Sam Girard will NOT be traded to make salary cap room for Kadri. I also continue to believe that the Avalanche are only offering a short-term deal to him.
  • I do believe the New York Islanders are the top contending team to lure him away, with Lou Lamoriello’s past history with Kadri playing a factor. Lou was the Maple Leafs GM when Kadri signed his last contract, with Toronto.
  • I also think, based on my conversations with people, that Calgary, Ottawa and Dallas have interest in Kadri still. I’ve heard Winnipeg too, but I would put them as a real darkhorse.
  • I also think Kadri would rather play in Denver than anywhere else right now. Can the Avalanche figure out a way to make this work? Kadri is going to have to accept a short-term deal if he does.
  • Speaking of Calgary, GM Brad Treliving said the recent shots at the city/organization as a less-than-desirable place to play “pisses me off” (Sportsnet)
  • Personally, I think Calgary is an awesome city.
  • I also think Treliving pulled off a really good deal in the Matthew Tkachuk trade. I thought he did a great job (and yet, I know Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar are both UFA after next season and need extensions to make this deal much better for Treliving long-term).
  • I want to thank CHN subscriber Ted Grycel for helping me in the last couple of months. I think I’ve been open with this: I am prone to bouts of depression, PTSD and OCD anxiety. Ted helped talk me through my latest bout.
  • I would describe my brain as: a kid stressed about death starting at about age 7, and never stopped worrying about everything else since – and that led to a lot of self-medicating, which brings up a whole new set of problems.
  • Today, I feel good and strong. That’s my default setting. But sometimes I fall into the pit and need some help. I so appreciate all of you for knowing more of the real me, and not the stereotype that some others out there see and believe.
  • Matthew Tkachuk admitted that Florida “pushed like hell” for his trade. Florida Panthers are celebrating.
  • Police have officially opened an investigation into the 2003 World Juniors sexual assault involving one-third of Team Canada. This is now on top of the 2019 team investigation. Yes, Cale Makar was on that team. His agent said Makar was not involved in any way, shape or form.
  • Red Wings prospect Ryan O’Reilly is seeking to emulate his NHL namesake. (Detroit Hockey Now)
  • If the Florida Panthers don’t improve from the Matthew Tkachuk deal it will benefit the Montreal Canadiens, who own Florida’s 2023 first-round draft pick.
  • Washington: Injuries are threatening his future, but Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals is certain of his off-ice future. He got married to fiancee Liza Berg in Sweden on Saturday.
  • Washington: The latest mailbag looks at whether the Washington Capitals are done?
  • Don’t get too worried about me from those previous couple of items. I just need to be a normal person, and not the wicks-burning-at-both-ends, semi-maniac I was before.
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Matt Briggle

Glad to hear you’re in a better mental place now. Thank you for sharing some of your struggles and helping to make it more acceptable for others to open up about theirs. If it comes to a situation where they can sign Naz for say 2 years at $6 mil and only have to cap dump Compher then I can deal with that but I don’t think it’s all that realistic. It will be interesting to see who the Islanders move out if he decides to sign there. Sure they have a lot of cap space now, but they have… Read more »


Kadri is so popular. I wonder if he could make more from endorsements if he stays in CO. He’d have to stay clean 🙂 Also, this isn’t a joke. I don’t use the programs but I bet he’s popular on instagram, etc. He can do a few commercials with Makar.

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Ryan Krueger

Denver is a small media market. Doubt even Elway in his prime was doubling his salary doing car commercials.

Yan Girard

Of course, Kadri could sign with a team that we do not suspect. Let’s evaluate the options cited above by AD.   Calgary The face of the Flames has changed a lot in the last few days. Gaudreau’s loss is not negligible. Also, the Flames lost some of their identity with the trade of Tkachuk. This player was tailor-made to play in the system advocated by coach Darryl Sutter. Huberdeau is a very good player but he is 5 years older than Tkachuk. I expect Huberdeau’s signing to be a priority for GM Treliving. In any case, Huberdeau’s return to… Read more »

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Glendon Gulliver

I wonder if some of the criticism of Calgary is Darryl Sutter? Sometimes old school coaches do not relate well with the younger generations. Although the team did well under him, the players may want a different experience.

Bob Neal

Slow it down and enjoy life. I’m glad that Ted was able to help you out. You are a wonderful writer and I think that this group really enjoys reading your articles and books you’ve written. Are Terry and Kelsey on extended vacations? Take care.

Yan Girard

DID THE ISLANDERS SIGN A PLAYER LIKE NAZEM KADRI WITHOUT ANNOUNCING IT?   Last year, Lou Lamoriello’s Islanders made headlines by being very late on the announcement of the contract signings of several players. For example, Anthony Beauvillier and three other teammates signed contract extensions over the summer. There were rumors in August but the Islanders didn’t confirm it until September. What for? Hard to say. Maybe it was a question of payroll? A whim of the boss? A technique for negotiating with other teams? The possibilities are numerous. It was the same, though, for a veteran like Zach Parise,… Read more »

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