Colorado Avalanche free agent center Nazem Kadri has signed with the Calgary Flames. When will the two face off against each other?
The Nazem Kadri situation has found a resolution with the Colorado Avalanche free agent signing a 7-year deal with the Calgary Flames. After weeks of wondering what was going to happen, it just felt like there was no way Kadri would make a return to Denver.
Now it’s official.
The team must now find Kadri’s replacement and who knows, maybe the replacement is actually on the roster right now. If not, we could see a trade happen before the season. That’s just speculation.
Kadri is now in the Flames in the Pacific division while the Avalanche are in the Central division. The Avalanche and the Flames will play each other
The two teams have an early-season matchup on October 13th at Calgary. It will be the team’s first taste of what Kadri can become in a new system since leaving.
Following that matchup, the two teams don’t meet up again until January 18th at Calgary and then February 25th in Colorado.
Hopefully the Avalanche will find the right player to replace Kadri on the second line. When it’s all said and done, we want somebody that can go up against Kadri and try and be the better player in the three games against Calgary.
The Nazem Kadri deal was too much for Colorado Avalanche
Kadri signed a 7-year deal worth $7 million annually with the Calgary Flames. The Avalanche still have some work to do to re-sign some of their other players who are just younger.
It’s hard to fault the Avalanche for not making that contract offer to Kadri. At the end of the day, the NHL is a business and it just did not work out for the two sides.
I don’t believe the Avalanche will regret the decision to not pay Kadri. With someone like Nathan MacKinnon on the roster, it is pretty difficult to be upset.