Toronto Maple Leafs: Nazem Kadri Responds to Trade Rumors

By Casey Drottar
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Yesterday, it was reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs may be looking to trade center Nazem Kadri. It seemed to be a bit surprising, considering it was just a few months after the two sides finished off a pretty lengthy contract standoff in which Kadri was eventually signed to a two-year deal. However, the young forward isn’t exactly lighting things up this season, which is a big reason why his name is surfacing in the rumor mill.

Today, the idea of being traded was brought up Kadri by local media.  Believe it or not, he’s hardly excited about it.

“It’d be terrible,” he said. “I don’t see it happening and I don’t want it to happen.”

No sense in beating around the bush there, and it’s none too surprising. Kadri fought pretty hard to stick with the Leafs over the summer, and an abrupt trade would ultimately defeat the purpose of his offseason holdout.

That said, it doesn’t sound like Kadri’s hopes of sticking around are being heard by his team. GM Dave Nonis took to the airwaves yesterday on TSN 1050 radio, and he hardly quieted the rumors. In fact, he openly stated he’d be willing to trade Kadri, though he wasn’t necessarily looking to move him.

Ultimately, it sounds like Nonis isn’t going out of his way to try and trade Kadri. At the same time, if a solid proposal was sent his way he won’t hesitate to give it a good look, regardless of Kadri’s wishes to stay.

In the meantime, Kadri could go a long way towards making the front office reconsider the idea dealing him if he started putting more points on the board. Nothing says “don’t trade me” quite like scoring more goals.

Casey Drottar is an NHL writer for Follow him on Twitter @CDrottar19 or “Like” him on Facebook

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