Nazem Kadri C TOR 2 months ago

Leafs' coach Mike Babcock has high expectations for Kadri and had some pointed words for the center after the team re-signed him earlier this week, reports the Toronto Sun. The team signed him to a one-year extension that's a 'show-us-what-you've-got" deal what will dictate his future in Toronto.

"I expect him to be an elite player," said the coach. "His training has to match his skill set." That comment was a not-so-subtle gauntlet thrown down to the hard-partying Kadri whose off-ice exploits have earned him the disrespect of many. "You can't take the summer off. I expect our best players to be our hardest-working people and set the tone." Even Don Cherry, his biggest supporter, had some pointed words for the enigmatic young player: "Now he has a beginning and a new coach that won't put up with any B.S. ... Nazem must have a good year or he's toast." Expect him to be motivated to prove his detractors wrong, so 2015-16 could be a big season for him.

Nazem Kadri C TOR 2 months ago

Kadri signed a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs Sunday that will net him $4.1 million, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.

Kadri skated in 73 games with the Maple Leafs last season, posting 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) over that span. He'll have a good chance to crack the top six again in 2015-16, but that doesn't mean as much coming from a team that was near the bottom in goals per game played last season.

Nazem Kadri C TOR 5 months ago

Kadri scored a goal in Wednesday's loss to Buffalo. He now has three points, including two goals, in his late two games.

He knows he needs to prove he's part of the Leafs' future, so it looks like he's showing it with hard work and offence. Take a risk -- he could help push your team to a title.

Nazem Kadri C TOR 5 months ago

Kadri picked up his first points since his return from suspension when he scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist in a win over the Lightning on Tuesday night.

He now has 17 goals and 21 assists in 68 games. He really needs to throw down some good efforts in the Leafs' remaining games to prove to team brass that he deserves to be part of the team's future.

Nazem Kadri C TOR 5 months ago

Kadri returned from suspension Saturday and was "rusty" in the eyes of interim head coach Peter Horacheck, reports However, he also noted that Kadri's "focus to want to be good is there and that's what we want to see out of him."

He played 18:23 in his return, but he didn't get a point. Time will tell if he's learned any lessons from his recent team suspension.

Nazem Kadri C TOR 5 months ago

Kadri will return from a four-game suspension Saturday against the Senators, TSN's Jonas Siegel reports.

Kadri served his time for an illegal hit on the Oilers' Matt Fraser, who remains sidelined by a concussion. The Maple Leafs sent Greg McKegg back to AHL Toronto to make room for Kadri on the roster.

Nazem Kadri C TOR 5 months ago

Kadri was handed a four-game suspension Wednesday for his illegal hit on the Oilers' Matt Fraser during Monday's game, Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet reports.

Fraser will miss time after sustaining a concussion as a result of the hit, and the league office determined that Kadri would have to face an absence of his own as a consequence. It's the second suspension of the month for Kadri, who served a team-imposed three-game ban due to an apparent lack of maturity. With only three healthy centers on the roster while Peter Holland (lower body) deals with an injury, expect the Leafs to recall a player from AHL Toronto to step in for Kadri, who is eligible to return Mar. 28 against the Senators.

Nazem Kadri C TOR 5 months ago

Kadri will have a hearing with the NHL on Wednesday to discuss a hit on Oilers forward Matt Fraser during Monday's game, the Toronto Sun reports.

Kadri was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head, and he acknowledged after the game that he might be punished for it. He served a three-game suspension last season for a goalie interference incident, but his disciplinary record is otherwise fine. Kadri's recent team-mandated suspension for off-ice transgressions shouldn't be a factor in determining his punishment.

Nazem Kadri C TOR 5 months ago

Kadri (team suspension) returned to action Saturday and played 18:00. He finished with four hits, two SOG and a minus-1 rating.

Get him back in there if you've been using him regularly.

Nazem Kadri C TOR 6 months ago

Coach Peter Horachek confirmed that Kadri will return to the lineup Saturday against the Canucks, Mark Masters of reports.

Kadri will still sit out a third straight game Friday against the Flames as part of a team-imposed suspension, but it appears he's since atoned for the misdeeds that resulted in the banishment. The 24-year-old's maturity has been called into question at multiple turns this season, but as one of the Leafs' most talented players, the team will still views him as an integral part of their present and future. Look for Kadri, who has 16 goals and 36 points in 64 games this season, to settle back in to a top-six role immediately upon returning.