Toronto Maple Leafs: Is Nazem Kadri Being Set Up as Trade Fodder?

December 21st, 2010 by Sean Paddison Leave a reply »
With the few games that Kadri has played and how selective the coach has been in regards to who he plays against and in what capacity, I'm getting a sneaky suspicion that the Leafs are lining Kadri up to be part of a major spring or late winter trade. He's young, offensively talented and driven. Kadri is just the sort of player a lot of franchises are looking for to lower their cap whilst adding offense.

If the Leafs were really serious about investing in Kadri they would have handled the situation a lot differently. I believe the Leafs have conceded he is a defensive liability. It is probably not unknown to the rest of the league either. However there are plenty of teams out there desperate for offense that would invest in Kadri's development and pray for defensive improvement.

With coach Ron Wilson's neck on the line this spring, it's highly probable he will try to save face or at least attempt to smoke screen naysayers by making another blockbuster trade with GM Brian Burke as the front man.

It appears likely that Leafs fans have one "be patient, we're still rebuilding" year left in them, then Burke and Wilson will be in serious jeopardy of lo ...

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