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Why the Buffalo Sabres Should Go After Nazem Kadri


The Buffalo Sabres are in rebuilding mode and while nabbing players through the draft is one way to rebuild a team, acquiring young players with great potential is a much better and faster way to rebuild. Adding Nazem Kadri would be a great way to add another piece to the rebuilding puzzle of the Buffalo Sabres.

Today, Dave Nonnis and the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Nazem Kadri was officially on the market and open for trades.

 

Nazem Kadri was drafted 7th overall in 2009 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the same year the Buffalo Sabres drafted Zack Kassian. This

is quite an odd move by the Leafs who appear to be giving up on their 23 year old prospect after years of controversy which has surrounded him since day one.

After a rocky start and lot’s of criticism from both the media and former coach Ron Wilson, Kadri has finally earned his spot on the Leafs roster and has shown that he has the potential to be a dangerous scorer in the NHL. While he hasn’t been able to beat out Tyler Bozak as the Leafs first line centre he could easily be a second or first line centre for the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres.

Kadri has put up 37 goals and 86 points in 136 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, but his relationship with the Leafs organization has not been great and it appears the Leafs have finally reached their limit. He was key in the Leafs return to the playoffs last season and was off to a decent start this season. So what’s the problem with Nazem Kadri? A kid who has all the potential and skill to be a solid young hockey player- simply, his ego.

It’s been said- by Randy Carlyle himself- that Kadri has all the skill and potential to be a superstar, but he believe’s he has already arrived at the level of being a superstar. In simple, Kadri think’s he is the bee’s knees and his ego is beginning to effect his development.

Although a young player with a massive ego is never good the Buffalo Sabres should still take a stab at Nazem Kadri and with just a $2.9 million cap hit, it’s worth a shot. Sometimes all a player like Kadri needs is a trade to wake them up and make them realize they aren’t the next Wayne Gretzky, I mean it seems to be working for Tyler Seguin.

Despite the fact he could use a major attitude adjustment, Kadri could be the perfect player for the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres. A solid second line centre with the potential to be a first line centre, excellent hockey skill and IQ and if he gets traded a chip on his shoulder as he looks to prove the Leafs wrong.

His attitude is certainly a concern but Ted Nolan could be the right guy to knock that ego back into place. Nolan seems to have a way with certain young players. He’s helped Tyler Myers re-find his game, he’s gotten Marcus Foligno playing the game he needs to in order to succeed and Zemgus Girgensons has been on fire since Nolan took over. If Nolan can get through to Kadri and the Sabres pony up the money after next season Kadri alongside Matt Moulson, Zemgus Girgensons and Cody Hodgson could be the new Buffalo Sabres core through the rebuild.

If the Sabres can get Nazem Kadri to drop his ego and work hard he could easily become the Sabres number one centre of the future. Imagine him playing on a line with Girgensons and Moulson? The Sabres need to get a new GM and make a splash by landing Kadri.

What do you think about Nazem Kadri? Should the Sabres make a move for him? What would you give up to land Kadri?

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  • Kevin

    CC not the Kadri thing again. Why would we want the lazy bum? He goes against everything Nolan stands for. Two things #1 You don’t make a trade within your division of this magnitude. #2 You don’t make a trade within your division with such a hated rival.

    • Thomas Eric

      False in division trades happen often 2 kadri is unreal would instantly make us a better team

      • Kevin

        Easy to say Kadri would make us better team I mean really. That’s obvious. I still don’t like the kid and I think they would want too much for him anyway.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          the price tag would be too great I’m sure- not truly worth it $$

    • Caitlin Campbell

      It would be a rare trade for sure, but if the Leafs are willing to give up on a kid with his talent, why wouldn’t the Sabres try and get his talent?
      He needs a wake-up and Nolan would get rid of that attitude in a hurry

  • JHizzle75

    What was Carlyle’s rant about?
    I’m not a fan of Kadri, good player, but just seems like a spoiled little kid to me from what I’ve seen of him.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      not 100% sure haven’t heard much about it. I’m a fan of Kadri’s talent but not of him himself. He is just a spoiled little kid

  • Dano

    ” Ted Nolan could be the right guy to knock that ego back into place.”

    You want Nolan in Jail? He would kill that kid!

    Just say no to Kadri. Dont need him.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      hahah He definitely wouldn’t be happy with Kadri

      • David Clark

        Can you say Dallas Eakins vs Nail Yakupov, The Sequel? Nolan may be able to get through to Kadri, which would be awfully enticing in terms of cultivating the kid’s potential… maybe too tempting for even Nolan to resist. However, if it backfired, it could undermine Nolan’s authority with the team in a very bad way and set the whole thing back… only Nolan knows whether or not he feels confident in taking on that task. While we’re discussing guys who have worn out their welcome, but have a great deal of potential… what about Emerson Etem and Evander Kane? You want to dream… let’s dream about a line of Etem, Kadri and Kane. That is a #1 line to build a team around… they would be electrical out there and could play 8-10 years together!!

        • qwicwted

          Dave, I would much rather go after Evander Kane – he is a monster and I think would respond well under Nolan. Why not give up Grigorenko for him? I also like Etem and while he had some unflattering things to say about Buffalo – he could find himself getting ice time in the “bigs” if Buffalo decided to go for him. I think trading for Kadri is a gamble because he has a history of not working well with coaches (Eakins, Wilson and now Carlyle) but Nolan may be able to turn that around. Depends on what the Sabres would have to give up and worst case it is a one year gamble.

          • Dano

            “Why not give up Grigorenko for him? ”

            Good option/thought.

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I’d give up Grigo for Kadri or Kane

        • Dano

          Im liking the E.Kane in Buffalo thoughts. What would the Peg want for him though?

          • Caitlin Campbell

            I just don’t trust Evander Kane, he’s another player Nolan would have to whipe into shape IMO

          • Dano

            E.Kane has something to prove. Hes the kind of player that would go elsewhere and WANT to make his last team see how much they lost. Kadri? I dont know if he would just go to the next team and continue on the way he is or not.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          It’s very risky no doubt catch 22

  • Cory Buck

    Seems like we have a Kadri-lite in Cody Hodgson, who is tough to judge because the team is so bad. I like Kadri more than Hodgson as a young player with potential to grow, but not enough to part with any desirable assets.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      That’s exactly what I was thinking. i’d take Kadri’s talent and future over Hodgson’s any day, but how much would I want to give up to get a Kadri

  • qwicwted

    While Kadri may be very talented, it seems he is a headache. The difference between Hodgeson and Kadri is that Hodgeson doesn’t have the ego and is a hard worker. On the other hand if anyone can get him in line it would be Nolan – seems that the players like and respect him, they know where they stand. Essentially it would be for a year and if it didn’t work out it really wouldn’t cost the Sabres anything.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I’d take Kadri’s skill over Hodgson’s any day if someone can kick his ego down 10 stories… all depends on what the Leafs asking price is, but it certainly seems like they’re done with him

      • Jes

        Coho and Kadri are the same player no need to go after Kadri.

        • JHizzle75

          Yep. I have no doubts that Hodgson’s point total would be much higher on an offensive-minded team like the Leafs.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          except for the fact he’d be stuck on the 3rd line…. if he can’t even crack the 4th line in Vancouver he won’t be much better in Toronto IMO

          • David Clark

            Seriously, did you just say that? When Hodgson was in Vancouver he had both Kesler and Sedin playing in front of him (Center position)… who has that kind of skill in Toronto, Bozak?? That’s hilarious!!

          • Caitlin Campbell

            On a real playoff team, I doubt Hodgson is any more than a 3rd line centre… and the Leafs are quite happy with Bozak on the top line

          • Jes

            Haha…

          • Jes

            4th line on the Canucks? I’m sorry Caitlin but doesn’t seem like you know the Canucks like I do. CoHo was on the third line in Van City. And got promoted to the 2nd line while Kesler was injured. So ya your post is entirely untrue.

            Kadri be the third line center as well if he had Henrik Sedin and Ryan Kessler on his team. Hell the guy can’t even beat out Bozak lol.

  • Jes

    There’s absolutely no reason to go after Kadri. We have CoHo who is basically the exact same player as Kadri is. If we are going after a center it has to be a potential #1 center and if people don’t see CoHo as a potential #1 there’s no way in hell Kadri is a potential number one. Would’ve been an ok decision in the offseason if Hodgson wouldn’t have resigned but absolutely no reason for this move now.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I believe Kadri has a little more talent and a brighter future but yes the two players are very similar

      • David Clark

        Due to Hodgson’s popularity North of the Border… Toronto may accept a straight-up deal of Hodgson for Kadri. I honestly think that type of deal may work. But if the Sabres were going to do this, and IF they want to keep Miller around, Buffalo should find a way to get John-Michael Liles included in the deal. Liles and Miller are extremely close friends and the Leafs will part with him just for the cap space, essentially (or someone like Sulzer in the deal). Personally, as much as I like Miller… I still believe trading him (depending on the potential return) outweighs the idea of keeping him here for a long (draft foundation) rebuild.

        • Caitlin Campbell

          Liles is one of those unsure players but I do agree that a Kadri for Hodgson deal could work if the Sabres play their cards right

  • Jes

    What would you trade for him? I wouldn’t give any of our first round choices up that’s for sure. Foligno, Stafford, McNabb and a couple 2nd’s?

    And you can’t compare Kadri to Seguin. Kadri will never put up those numbers.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      you don’t know that Kadri will never put up those numbers, put him on a first or second line with some scoring linemates and he’ll do just fine.
      As far as trading I’m not really sure, I wouldn’t want to give up much via the draft and picks- but they do need a Dman so maybe Ehrhoff but his contract is a major problem

  • Guest

    Yup.

  • davidmuscalo

    If we could get him for some draft picks, Ted Nolan might be able to make a hockey player out of him. If Ted can’t do it, no one can. It’s worth a try as long as we don’t have to give up much in the way of talent.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      That’s what I was thinking- if we can get him for cheap it’s worth a shot

  • Joe

    Trade coho and a 2nd rounder for kadri. Thats just my opinion