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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.

Nazem Kadri is set to cash in after enjoying a career year right before entering unrestricted free agency. Even though his value is at an all-time high, his No. 1 choice would be returning to the Colorado Avalanche.

“How could it not be?” Kadri said on Sportsnet’s Real Kyper and Bourne.

He added: “The Kroenkes have been great supporters of mine and made it clear to me that they’d like me to stay also, but we understand that there’s a business aspect involved. We’re going to try to work together.”

Kadri set personal bests in assists (59) and points (87) in just 71 games and came up four goals shy of matching his career high of 32. He was excellent during the postseason, too, registering 15 points in 16 games. Kadri also scored the overtime winner in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in his first contest back from thumb surgery.

Even though he’s set to enter his age-32 campaign, Kadri will be a hot commodity on the open market.

“I’ve shown what my worth is, and I’m just looking forward to watching this all develop,” he said.

Kadri’s previous contract paid him $4.5 million annually, but he’s expected to receive a sizable raise – whether it be from Colorado or another team.

Nazem Kadri isn’t concerned about his reputation among his Colorado Avalanche teammates following his costly playoff suspension this past spring.

“They understand who I am as a person and what kind of character I have,” Kadri said, per The Athletic’s Peter Baugh. “I’d like to think I have everyone’s respect in that locker room.”

Kadri received an eight-game suspension after he hit St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in the head during Game 2 of their first-round series. It was the third time in four years Kadri received a multi-game ban in the postseason. The first two instances occurred while he was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His absence proved costly, as the Avalanche, Cup favorites after earning the Presidents’ Trophy, were eliminated in six games by the Vegas Golden Knights in Round 2.

Colorado star Mikko Rantanen backed Kadri heading into the new season.

“There’s no trust issues,” Rantanen said. “I don’t really need to tell him what to do because he’s a veteran guy. He’s going to get over it for sure.”

Kadri has registered 68 points in 107 games since joining the Avalanche ahead of the 2019-20 campaign. The 12-year NHL veteran is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri is appealing his eight-game suspension, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

The appeal will be heard directly by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, and Kadri can appeal to an independent arbitrator if he’s unsatisfied with the second ruling, Friedman adds.

The NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Kadri after he delivered an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk during Game 2 of the teams’ first-round series.

Kadri has already missed Game 3 and Game 4 of the series because of the ban.

The 30-year-old has been suspended three times in his last four trips to the postseason and six times overall in his NHL career. His last playoff suspension came in 2019 with the Toronto Maple Leafs for a high hit on Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk.

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri is suspended eight games for an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk during Game 2 on Wednesday, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Friday.

Kadri received a five-minute major and match penalty for the hit. Faulk didn’t return to the contest and wasn’t available for Game 3 of the series.

“This is a high, forceful check to an opponent’s head that caused an injury and was delivered by a player with a substantial disciplinary record,” the league said.

Kadri’s suspension began Game 3 on Friday.

The 6-foot pivot has been suspended three times in his last four playoffs and six times over his 12-year career.

He was last suspended during the 2019 postseason for a high hit on Boston Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk.

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Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri is putting his poor playoff history behind him as he continues to shine this summer.

Kadri was suspended in each of the previous two postseasons while with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the 29-year-old believes he’s turned a corner.

“Just reflecting on the time I spent in Toronto … you want to learn from your mistakes,” Kadri said following the Avalanche’s 7-1 series-clinching win over the Arizona Coyotes, according to Colorado Hockey Now’s Scott MacDonald.

“I’m more valuable on the ice than I am in the penalty box or the press box,” he said, per NHL.com’s Mike Zeisberger.

With his second straight two-goal game on Wednesday, Kadri paces Colorado with six tallies this postseason. The dynamic pivot had mustered 10 career playoff points prior to 2019-20, and has already racked up 11 in eight games this summer.

Acquired by the Avalanche last offseason, Kadri said he’s grateful for the seamless transition after spending the previous 10 seasons with the Maple Leafs.

“I’m just fortunate and lucky to come into such a great dressing room with such great teammates and a great organization that just gave me a chance to be who I can be,” he said, per MacDonald.

“They’ve believed in me since I stepped in the door. I’m just trying to not let them down.”

Kadri will now play beyond the first round of the playoffs for the first time in his career.

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Nazem Kadri hopes the NHL will do more to acknowledge and support its players in the fight against racism.

“I think with what’s going on in the world today with the injustice and the racism issue, I think that it’s an important thing to come together and unify as players,” the Colorado Avalanche forward said Wednesday. “From a player standpoint, I know we all stick together.”

He continued: “From a league standpoint, I think we’d like to maybe see a little more acknowledgment and having them address the situation and know that they stand with their players.”

Kadri stood side by side in solidarity with Jordan GreenwayMatt Dumba, and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare before the Avalanche played the Minnesota Wild in an exhibition game earlier Wednesday. All four players are racial minorities.

Several NHL players and clubs have shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement since exhibition games began Tuesday.

“Hockey’s a great game and we’re all trying to make it better,” Kadri said. “We’re trying to make the game more diverse and the diversity in the game doesn’t happen with racism still going on, so that’s an important thing for us to address.”

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Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury, head coach Jared Bednar said on Altitude Sports Radio, according to team play-by-play announcer Marc Moser.

An Avs spokesperson confirmed to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun that Kadri is considered week-to-week.

Kadri went down awkwardly during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

The 29-year-old was enjoying a stellar first season with the Avalanche after arriving in an offseason trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He’s provided Colorado with some valuable secondary scoring, ranking second on the team with 19 goals and fifth with 36 points.

The injury could potentially alter the Avalanche’s deadline plans, though Jean-Gabriel Pageau of the Ottawa Senators is the only notable center expected to be made available.

The Avalanche sit second in the Central Division with 70 points.

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri will suit up against his former team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, for the first time on Saturday night in Denver.

Kadri was the centerpiece of a July 1 trade that sent defenseman Tyson Barrie and forward Alexander Kerfoot to Toronto. The 29-year-old center reflected on the summer blockbuster ahead of Saturday’s matchup.

“When it happened, at first, I was a little bit bitter,” Kadri told TSN’s Mark Masters. “But as time goes on, time heals all … I think ending up in Denver was a blessing in disguise.”

Kadri was initially dealt to the Calgary Flames, but he nixed the swap using his 10-team no-trade list. He was insistent on remaining a Maple Leaf, but the club went outside of his list to trade him to Colorado.

Kadri was asked if he wonders why the Leafs traded him.

“A little bit,” he said. “I mean, with the suspensions it was obviously maybe an option, but it was indicated to me that they weren’t trying to shop me around so I was expecting to suit up as a Leaf this year.”

Kadri was suspended back-to-back years in the playoffs against the Boston Bruins. In 2018 he hit a defenseless Tommy Wingels from behind and in 2019 he cross-checked Jake DeBrusk in the face.

He may not have wanted to leave Toronto, but Kadri is now playing an increased role on one of the league’s most talented teams.

Kadri’s ice time dipped to 16:11 per game last season after the addition of John Tavares– his lowest since 2012-13. However, with the Avs, he’s back playing as a No. 2 center behind Nathan MacKinnon, averaging nearly 18 minutes per game. He’s on pace for over 25 goals and 55 points.

Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri provided a unique perspective following the aftermath of Don Cherry’s dismissal from Sportsnet on Monday for making offensive comments about Canadian immigrants.

“(Cherry) has been there for so long, it’s going to be hard to see (Hockey Night in Canada) without him. That’s definitely unfortunate,” Kadri told the Denver Post’s Kyle Fredrickson. “I know Grapes and I don’t think it came across like everyone is making it sound. I think with what he said, it was maybe just said incorrectly. People maybe took it out of context a little bit. I know Grapes is a great person and am sad to see him go.”

Cherry, a longtime supporter of the Canadian troops, went on a rant during Saturday’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” about the country’s immigrants not wearing poppies to honor Canada’s veterans.

“You people that come here, you love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, at least you can pay a couple of bucks for poppies or something like that,” Cherry said on Hockey Night in Canada. He didn’t apologize for his comments in the days following, adding “I know what I said and I meant it.”

Other NHLers took a different stance than Kadri, including Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat, who said Cherry’s comments have “no place” in hockey.

Kadri has a bit of a history with Cherry, though. As a 22-year-old with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he appeared on-air alongside Cherry and Ron MacLean in 2013. Cherry famously kissed Kadri on the cheek, just as he did to Doug Gilmour 20 years earlier.

Kadri’s father immigrated to Canada with his parents in the 1960s.

“The sport brings everyone together with the team values and the work ethic,” Kadri said. “It taught me a lot about those two things. Now, I go watch my little cousins play in their youth development programs and there are a variety of ethnicities on their team. When I was growing up, I was kind of the only one. It’s good to see now.”

Cherry, 85, had held his job since 1981.