Thursday marked the beginning of Nazem Kadri’s seven-year, $49 million contract with the Calgary Flames. The yearly worth is around $7 million. The 31-year-old forward played in 71 regular season games for the Colorado Avalanche.
scoring 28 goals and setting NHL career highs in assists (59), points (87), and power-play points (29) last year. He scored six game-winning goals, which was equal to his NHL career high.
Kadri then contributed 15 points (7G, 8A) in 16 postseason games, leading the Avalanche to their first Stanley Cup championship since 2001. After missing four games of the Final with a broken thumb, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“This is a very special day for my family,” Kadri added. “I’m overjoyed to be a part of a group with such devoted members and supporters. I’ve always had a soft spot for Calgary, and I’m excited to give my all to this squad. A Stanley Cup victory is a huge deal, and that makes you want it even more. More banners in Calgary would make my day. The Flames should win.”
Kadri was the seventh overall choice in the 2009 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has played 739 games for the Avalanche and Maple Leafs, scoring 219 goals and 293 assists. In 52 postseason games, he has added another 44 points (19 goals, 25 assists).
General manager Brad Treliving of Calgary praised Nazem as a “very competitive, top-six guy” who “makes our centre ice position deep.” “Our team will benefit from his recent experience in winning the Stanley Cup as well as his high level of talent and drive. We’re excited for Nazem and his family to join us in Calgary, and for him to help propel our team to victory.”
There was an attempt to deal for Kadri in 2019 between Calgary and Toronto, but the forward exercised his no-trade clause. On July 1, 2019, the Avalanche acquired Kadri in a trade.
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It’s fairly public knowledge, as Treliving put it, that the Leafs pursued a trade for “Naz” while he was still with the Maple Leafs in Toronto. “He plays a pivotal role on the rink thanks to his exceptional skill and intimidating demeanour. As a player, he stands out. There is talent in him. From what I’ve seen of him during his career, he’s matured into a player capable of succeeding in a wide variety of settings. Yet no other combination comes close to that one.
He’s a versatile centre-ice player who can also contribute to the power play and in the heavy department; he’s fiercely competitive and possesses exceptional talent and intelligence on the ice. Exactly the type of player we like to see.”
On Thursday, the Flames sent centre Sean Monahan and a first-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for future assets.
Monahan played in 65 games last year and had a career-low 23 points (8G, 15A). The forward, 27, hasn’t played since March 31; he had surgery to fix a ruptured labrum in his right hip.
In fact, this was the exact procedure that Monahan underwent the previous season. After the 2016–17 season, he underwent wrist surgery, then in the latter part of the 2017–18 season, he had four operations: one on his wrist and groyne, and two to correct hernias.
“He sounds really encouraged that for the first time in a long time, he’s going to play a season healthy,” Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes said. “I have no idea if that’s the first game of the season or the fourth. Yet he believes that even if he is not yet fully recovered, he is much better now than he has been in years.”
In 656 games since being selected by Calgary with the sixth overall choice in the 2013 NHL Draft, Monahan has racked up 462 points (212 goals, 250 assists), while adding 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 30 postseason contests. As of August 19, 2016, he has one season left on the seven-year contract he signed with Calgary.
Calgary GM Brad Treliving expressed gratitude to Sean for his nine years of “selfless dedication and perseverance” on behalf of the Flames organisation. “Sean was an outstanding member of the Flames, a person of the highest calibre who personified the very concept of respect.
He was a valuable asset to our team and city in all three of those capacities. We appreciate everything you’ve done, and we wish Sean and his wife Brittany the best of luck in their next endeavour.”
The Flames, who won the Pacific Division and advanced to the Western Conference Second Round last season before succumbing to the Edmonton Oilers, has had a busy offseason thus far, and Thursday was no exception.
Johnny Gaudreau, who was tied for second in the NHL with 115 points (40 goals, 75 assists) last season, signed a seven-year, $68.25 million contract ($9.75 million AAV) with the Columbus Blue Jackets on July 13; on July 22,
the Calgary Flames traded forward Matthew Tkachuk, who was second on the team with 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists), to the Florida Panthers in exchange for forwarding Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie
Huberdeau, who finished tied for second in the League with 115 points (30 goals, 85 assists) last season, was signed to an eight-year, $84 million contract extension ($10.5 million AAV) by the Flames on August 4.
On August 2, Calgary inked winger Andrew Mangiapane to a three-year, $17.4 million deal ($5.8 million AAV) and defender Oliver Kylington to a two-year, $5 million deal ($2.5 million AAV). They were both limited free agents who were able to escape wage arbitration.
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