Flames signing Kadri to 7-year deal, trading Monahan to Canadiens

Posted: 18/08/2022 in NHL
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The Calgary Flames are signing unrestricted free agent Nazem Kadri to a seven-year contract carrying a $7 million average annual value, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Calgary is also trading longtime center Sean Monahan to the Montreal Canadiens to accommodate Kadri’s deal, according to Friedman. The Flames entered the day with approximately $2.7 million in cap space, according to Cap Friendly, and get an additional $6.375 million off the books by moving Monahan.

Monahan, a three-time 30-goal scorer, dealt with major hip injuries in recent years. The 27-year-old was limited to 65 games this past season, didn’t appear in the playoffs, and registered a career-low 23 points.

Kadri was the top player remaining on the open market. He posted 87 points in 71 games last season with the Colorado Avalanche and played a significant role in helping the club capture the Stanley Cup.

The Flames and Kadri have been talking since free agency opened in July, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Francis.

Kadri nixed a trade to the Flames in 2019 before the Toronto Maple Leafs dealt him to the Avalanche. The veteran center said at the time he had “nothing against Calgary” and vetoed the move because he wanted to remain with the team that drafted him in 2009.

Calgary, the reigning Pacific Division champion, has been one of the league’s busiest teams this offseason. It lost Johnny Gaudreau in free agency, then dealt Matthew Tkachuk to the Florida Panthers for a package headlined by Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar. After the trade, the Flames inked Huberdeau to an eight-year, $84-million extension.

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