#1 Nazem Kadri
Born: London, Ontario
Expiring Contract: $4.5 million AAV
Nazem Kadri was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1st round (7th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
He was traded in July 2019 to the Colorado Avalanche with Calle Rosén and a 3rd round pick (Jean-Luc Foudy) for Tyson Barrie, Alexander Kerfoot and a 6th round pick (Joe Miller).
Kadri may have been in the Toronto Maple Leafs doghouse after being suspended during the play-offs two years a row, but he is the best Ontario born UFA available this offseason.
Honestly, it’s very unlikely that Kadri will get a second chance in Toronto.
He’s had a career year on an already very cheap contract. He’s due a payday and has already had 10 seasons of playing in Toronto in front of family and friends.
I’m not sure if the Avalanche will be able to keep Kadri in Colorado, especially if they’re going to re-sign Darcy Kuemper, Valeri Nichushkin and/or André Burakovsky.
I’m excited to see who the Toronto Maple Leafs will be able to add to their roster this offseason. In all likelihood they probably wont be adding any big names to the mix, but I personally get excited for any roster player that can be added at a good price.