If Nazem Kadri doesn’t wish to be moved prior to the March 5 NHL trade deadline, perhaps he needs to get wind of the rumour mill churning like it was in mid-January.
Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis sparked reports at that time that the 23-year-old centre was being shopped around, telling a Toronto sports radio station that there had been “a lot of interest” in Kadri, who had recorded only 14 points in his previous 31 contests.
“Would we be willing to trade him? Yes, we’d be willing to trade him,” Nonis said. “But there’s a big difference between willing to and trying to.”
Kadri, who had piled up 13 points in 14 games in October, responded to the January trade rumours by posting 14 points in 11 outings leading to the just-completed Sochi Olympic break.
“It would be terrible,” Kadri, a native of London, Ont., told reporters in January at the thought of being traded. “This is my home and this is where I want to be. … Nobody expects more [from me] than I expect from myself.”
Toronto plays three games prior to the 3 p.m. ET deadline on March 5, so the window for Kadri and others like defenceman Jake Gardiner to sway Nonis has shrunk.
There are several other names across the league linked to trade rumours, so it’ll be interesting to see which players actually get moved. Only the New York Islanders, Florida and Buffalo appear to be out of the Eastern Conference playoff mix.
In the West, Calgary and Edmonton are well back of eighth-place Dallas and probably sellers over the next week.
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