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Talk Colorado Avalanche Could Look to Trade Nazem Kadri

The Colorado Avalanche might feel it best to trade forward Nazem Kadri after another suspension at an inopportune time.

As expected, there is trade talk surfacing when it comes to Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri. After his sixth suspension by the NHL — totaling 16 playoff games and 11 regular-season games — it’s clear he’s not the most reliable player when it comes to the playoffs and the Avalanche have other contract issues that require attention this offseason. Basically, Kadri might have made the organization’s decision to focus on other priorities and easy one.

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While Pierre LeBrun of TSN notes: “Nazem Kadri’s camp still looking over their options at the moment but there’s a good chance they decide to appeal his suspension. However, not decided yet.”, that the repeat offender was given an eight-game suspension was not shocking. The illegal hit to the head of Blues defenseman Justin Faulk during Game 2 of their opening-round series was nasty and there was no defending what Kadri did. The problem for Colorado is that Kadri does this kind of thing a lot, and at the most inopportune times.

One Twitter user wrote, getting suspended in the first round of a playoff series seems to be “the NHL equivalent to lighting the torch to start the Olympics at this point. and that has to factor in on the hockey club’s decision about the player moving forward. Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post suggests the Avalanche cut ties with Kadri as soon as possible. Arguing that whatever value Kadri brings to the team in terms of skill, it’s now outweighed by his reckless play and unwillingness to adjust his style.

Peter Baugh of The Athletic writes that outside of the fact the Avs need to get new deals done for core players like captain Gabriel Landeskog, goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Cale Makar, Colorado has players coming up and ready to take on a bigger role.

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He explains:

Kadri has been a positive presence during his time in Colorado, helping solidify the Avalanche’s top six and bringing a level of chippiness to the team. He has 68 points in 107 games the past two seasons. But Jost, a 2016 top-10 pick, has started to find his game and looks like a potential top-six option. And then there’s Newhook, who is only 20 and has already worked his way onto a loaded playoff roster.

What Are the Options for the Avalanche?

Ideally, the play would be to trade Kadri. He’s got a 10-team no-trade clause in his contract, so that may be easier said than done. Still, there are going to be teams that have time for him, despite his suspension history.

The other option would be simply not to protect him in the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft. His 10-team no-trade clause doesn’t exempt him from the draft and Seattle might grab a player that can offer top-six proven offense. Either way, the Avs have bigger fish to fry and Kadri’s suspension may have left a sour taste in the mouth of GM Joe Sakic.

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