With the NHL trading deadline approaching (Monday at 3 p.m.), you can expect rumors to run rampant over the next two days.
One name that has popped up in some circles in connection with the Red Wings is 25-year old forward Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Keep hearing rumors Anthony Mantha +more? 4 Nazem Kadri. Am I only 1 that wouldn't pull trigger just because Babcok watched him & wants him?
— Jeff Riger (@riger1984) February 27, 2016
The seventh overall pick of the 2009 draft, Kadri has spent his entire professional career in the Maple Leafs organization. His first full season in the NHL was in 2013, when he scored 20 goals and 50 points, to go with 67 penalty minutes. In 57 games this season, he has tallied 11 goals and 33 points.
Kadri will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and carries a current cap hit of $4.1 million.
“I think he’s an excellent player. Better than I could ever have thought coming here,” said Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock.
Kadri would fit the mold of what general manager Ken Holland has said the team would look for at the deadline. He has also said on numerous occasions that he is not looking to move draft picks or high-end prospects, however.
If this is a move the Red Wings are considering, Anthony Mantha would not be the only player heading to Toronto. With the Wings being right up against the salary cap, a roster player (or two) with a similar salary would have to be included. Players with similar cap hits include Gustav Nyquist ($4.75 million), Kyle Quincey ($4.25 million), and Jonathan Ericsson ($4 million).
What are your thoughts, Nation? Would Kadri be worth a look?