Report: Kadri To Sign With Flames After Rumored Deal With Islanders Falls Through; Calgary Working On Moving Monahan

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According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, unrestricted free agent center Nazem Kadri, who is coming off of a Stanley Cup win with the Colorado Avalanche last season, will sign a seven-year contract that carries a $7 million cap hit with the Calgary Flames after a rumored contract with the New York Islanders fell through. The Flames dealt center Sean Monahan and a first-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens to make room for the 32-year-old.

Kadri set career-highs in assists (59) and points (87) in 71 regular-season games, where he won 49.7% of the faceoffs he took. He also earned seven goals and 15 points in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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.

After losing left-wings Johnny Gaudreau (who signed a seven-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 13) and Matthew Tkachuk (who was traded to the Florida Panthers nine days later), who both hit the 100-point plateau last season, the Flames have brought in left-wing Jonathan Huberdeau (who tied Gaudreau for second in the NHL with 115 points and led it with 85 assists in 80 regular-season games), top-pairing defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, and now Kadri. Weegar and Huberdeau, who signed an eight-year contract extension that carries a $10.5 million cap hit on August 4, were both involved in the deal that sent Tkachuk to Florida.

The Flames averaged 3.55 goals-per-game (sixth in the NHL) and were 22.9% efficient on the power play (10th) in 2021-22, which ended with a five-game second-round exit to the Edmonton Oilers.

Kadri reportedly turned down a trade to Calgary from the Maple Leafs in 2019 before he was dealt to Colorado.

Monahan, who has one season left on a contract that counts $6.375 million against the salary cap, tallied just eight goals and 23 points in 65 regular-season games and did not appear in any postseason outings. The 27-year-old has earned 212 goals and 462 points in 656 career regular-season games, all with the Flames. He has also notched 10 goals and 21 points in 30 career postseason contests.

By Harrison Brown

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12 Responses to Report: Kadri To Sign With Flames After Rumored Deal With Islanders Falls Through; Calgary Working On Moving Monahan

  1. Anonymous says:

    And the Islanders strike out on another big name UFA… to love it!

  2. Bart says:

    Lou is becoming the kiss of death! I don’t understand why his ego has to get in the way of every trade or signing. We would have won a Stanley cup already if we signed Taveras or Panarin.
    He is old and needs to retire!!!!
    I want a refund on my season tickets

    • Bart says:

      oh forget to mention…Capitals suck!!!!!!!

    • Marky says:

      You never know, maybe Lou dodges a bullet here as this could backfire. Maybe Kadri didn’t want to keep clean shaven? What a dumb policy for a pro hockey team to have…

      • Anonymous says:


        A) Tavares signing was awful for TO. A good deal would have been him taking a massive pay cut. He wanted to go there, cashed out, and screwed the Leafs. Be happy.
        B) Lou was with the team for less than two months before JT left for TO. Is it really Lou’s fault?
        C) Do you really think you guys had a chance with Panarin?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Unless this is a three year deal, this is not a good thing for the Flames.

  4. Scottlew73 says:

    How many pre free agency were chipping away a headstone on the Flames next year?????, now they get potentially one step closer to final four finish!
    Amazing what competent GM can do with time & CAP SPACE!!

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      This is spot on. They did a decent job rebuilding after Johnny Hockey’s departure.

      • DWGie26 says:

        I looked up Treliving because I didn’t know much about him. Turns out today is his birthday. Haha.

        But yes… gotta tip your hat to what he has done in Calgary this offseason. I mean he got kicked where it hurts and came back up swinging. Certainly a different and dangerous look and They could very well be better. Kudos!

  5. Marky says:

    Brad Treliving has recovered well. His team is loaded and should be good for a few years. Later years on the Kadri and Huberdeau deals might be bad but teams shouldn’t care about 5, 6, 7 years down the road. They can deal with that at that time.

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