According to Colorado Hockey Now’s Adrian Dater, unrestricted free agent center Nazem Kadri, who is coming off of a Stanley Cup victory with the Colorado Avalanche last season, will sign with the New York Islanders. Terms of the contract have yet to be released.
The 32-year-old set career-highs in assists (59) and points (87) in 71 regular-season games, where he won 49.7% of the faceoffs he took. Kadri also earned seven goals and 15 points in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The move comes after the Islanders, who missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs by 16 points last season and replaced head coach Barry Trotz with assistant Lane Lambert, have had a quiet start to the NHL offseason. The team averaged 2.79 goals-per-game (tied with the Buffalo Sabres for 22nd in the league) and 12th with a 22.1% power-play efficiency.
Kadri averaged 3:53 on the power play (third among Avalanche forwards) and 28 seconds on the penalty kill (10th) last season.
He has earned 219 goals and 512 points in 739 career regular-season games with the Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs but never topped 61 points in a single season and eclipsed 50 just three times prior to 2021-22. Kadri scored 32 goals in back-to-back seasons with the Maple Leafs from 2016-18, the only times he hit 21 goals in a campaign before this past season.
In 52 career postseason outings, Kadri has 19 goals and 44 points.
The Islanders have $11,185,037 in cap space with defensemen Noah Dobson and Alexander Romanov in addition to left-wing Kieffer Bellows currently in need of contracts as restricted free agents.
Barrie Colts Director Of Player Personnel: Nazem Kadri To Become New York Islander https://t.co/wz5IWV865d
— Adrian Dater (@adater) July 31, 2022
By Harrison Brown