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Hockey Night in CanadaNazem Kadri trade rumours don't sit well with Leafs forward

Posted: Friday, January 17, 2014 | 04:11 PM

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Toronto's Nazem Kadri has been the subject of trade rumours as he's struggled to build on last year's breakthrough season. (Abelimages/Getty Images) Toronto's Nazem Kadri has been the subject of trade rumours as he's struggled to build on last year's breakthrough season. (Abelimages/Getty Images)

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With the NHL's trade deadline set for March 5 and neither the Leafs nor Nazem Kadri playing to their potential, there has been much speculation about a deal that sends the young forward out of town.
Nazem Kadri has a message for Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis: Don't trade me.

With the NHL's trade deadline set for March 5 and neither the Leafs nor Kadri playing to their potential, a lot of people have started to put two plus two together and have come up with a deal that sends Kadri out of town.

Kadri, who is the new Luke Schenn in terms of trade rumors, hopes to stay put.

"It would be terrible," Kadri said about the potential of being dealt. "I don't see it happening and I don't want it to happen. This is my home and this is where I want to be. I'm going to give them everything I have."

It's not as though Kadri is having a terrible year, but he has not taken another step forward as many expected he would. With 11 goals and 27 points he ranks fourth in team scoring. He is minus-12. A year ago he finished second in club scoring with 18 goals and 44 points while a plus-15.

There are some that wonder why Kadri, and not Tyler Bozak, isn't the team's No. 1 centre, but when given the opportunity to play on the top line with wingers James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel, Kadri did not seize the opportunity.

"I think it has been decent," Kadri said when asked to comment on his season. "I know I can bring a lot better and obviously everyone expects a lot more, which is a little flattering because it means people believe in you and understand that you can give more to the team. Nobody expects more [from me] than I expect from myself."

Meanwhile, Kadri said he does his best to ignore the trade talk as it continues to grow.

"I'm just going about my business trying to get prepared to play," Kadri said. "I've been around this market for a few years now and I know better than to listen to any outside media. It's not like I'm going home and turning on the radio to listen to what everyone has to say. At the end of the day it doesn't matter. I just care about what guys think in this dressing room."

Kadri said on some level it is flattering that other teams may be showing interest in him, but that doesn't change the fact he wants to remain a Maple Leaf.

"At the end of the day this is where I want to play," Kadri said. "I play my hardest and I have given everything to this organization. I'm just going to keep worrying about contributing to this team and keep trying to get wins."

Shoot the @#$@# puck!

Toronto coach Randy Carlyle continues to try to get his players to take more shots. The Maple Leafs have been outshot in the majority of their games this season and it's enough to drive a veteran coach bonkers.

"We have asked and pleaded with our team, not just our defencemen, that we have to take a shoot-first mentality versus trying to make the perfect play," Carlyle said.

"There are ample examples of where we were right in the home-plate area to shoot the puck and we tried to make plays. We feel we have to show more selfishness in that area."

Added Kadri, "A lot of times shots lead to [more] shots and it doesn't have to be the hardest shot in the world, either. A lot of times when you don't expect a shot to go in, we have seen a lot of those shots around the league go in. It's never a bad thing to put the puck on the net."

Clarkson on IR

The Maple Leafs announced Friday that right-winger David Clarkson has a bursa sac issue with his right elbow and has been placed on injured reserve.

Clarkson hurt his elbow two weeks ago and has tried to play through it. It was healing, but it split open and has been draining for about a week.

Too bad for the veteran, who, after a rough season, was finally starting to hit his stride playing on a line with centre Peter Holland and left-winger Nikolai Kulemin.

Carlyle said the team has the option of recalling Jerry D'Amigo, Troy Bodie or Jamie Devane from the AHL Toronto Marlies.

The Maple Leafs also announced enforcer Frazer McLaren was placed on IR with a bruised shoulder.

Bullish on Bozak

Coach Carlyle has been impressed with Tyler Bozak's play since returning from an oblique injury. In nine games he has five goals and 11 points. Still, the coach won't designate him the team's No. 1 centre

"You guys and your numbers," Carlyle said to the assembled media. "It's so important to you that somebody is No. 1 and somebody is No. 2 and somebody is No. 3, but coaches don't look at it that way. You look at players that fit in and I let other people make assessments.

"Obviously Bozie is a good fit with James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel. We played Peter Holland there in Tyler's absence and we played Nazem Kadri there, but we think Tyler right now is the best fit and he has played very well since coming back. He has had a couple of speed bumps, but all in all he has been a go-to guy for us."

Bolland watch

Centre David Bolland looked more comfortable skating before practice Friday, but Carlyle said he won't return to action any time soon.

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