Why Nazem Kadri’s Suspension Shouldn’t Lead to Toronto Maple Leafs Exit

March 11th, 2015 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

The Toronto Maple Leafs may not be a particularly successful club, but they never lack for drama. On Thursday, the theatrics revolved around 24-year-old Nazem Kadri following an announcement from the team that it had decided to suspend the young centre for two games, according to the team's official Twitter account:

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan explained the decision in a press availability that was streamed on the team's website:

If this were just a case of Nazem being 15 minutes late for a meeting one time, yes, then you could probably sweep this under the rug and handle this internally, maybe take the guys out to lunch or something like that. The easiest thing for us to do at this point would be to sweep this under the rug and put this off to the offseason to deal with. But Naz is an important part of our future. We like Nazem Kadri; his teammates like him. We expect a certain level of professionalism. It’s time for him to start making better decisions. There’s a history here.

There is a lot in that statement, and it’s worth unpacking.

The key takeaway for many will ...

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