Calgary Flames are still active in the offseason on Thursday, making two notable, eye-popping moves. They signed Nazem Kadri, a centre from London, Ontario, to a seven-year contract worth $49 Million. They traded center Sean Monahan from Brampton, Ontario, to Montreal Canadiens for a first-round draft pick.
After a decade of playing with the Toronto Maple Leafs and three seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, Nazem Kadri has joined the Flames as his third National Hockey League team. Kadri enjoyed a breakthrough season in Denver’s Mile High city, 2021-22. He had 28 goals and 59 assists for 87 points in 71 games. He was a +13 with 29 penalty minutes, six game-winning goals and 247 shots on goal. Kadri achieved career-highs of assists, points and power play point points.
Kadri also played on the Avalanche team, which won the 2022 Stanley Cup. He had seven goals and eight assists in 16 games for 15 points. He was a +7 with eight penalty minutes, two power-play goals, two game-winning goals, 58 shots on target, 94 faceoff wins and 20 hits. There were seven takeaways and five giveaways.
Kadri’s career record includes 219 goals and 293 assists for 512 points in 739 regular season games. Kadri is a -14, with 589 penalty points, 148 power-play points, one shorthanded goal, 51 game-winning goals, and 4860 faceoff wins. He also has 251 blocked shots, 963 hit, 402 takeaways and 450 giveaways. Kadri’s only career-shorthanded goal was a shorthanded one. It happened in Toronto’s 5-3 Maple Leaf’s defeat to the New Jersey Devils on December 4, 2014. The goal was scored by center Mike Santorelli from Vancouver, British Columbia, and defenseman Stephane Robidas from Sherbrooke.
The Flames lost one player for being an agitator and gained another. Kadri is a player opponents can’t stand. Matthew Tkachuk was the Flames’ player who fulfilled that role last season. He was traded to the Florida Panthers in the offseason.
He showed significant improvement in the takeaway/giveaway ratio this season. Kadri was +2. This was his first positive takeaway/giveaway ratio. He was a +6 with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015-16, which was 47 takeaways and 41 giveaways.
In recent years, the Flames’ veteran center has been in decline. After scoring 82 points in 2018-19, Monahan had just eight goals and 15 assists in 2021-22. Monahan was 15 with 24 penalty minutes and 13 power-play point points. He also had two game-winning goals, 112 shots on goal, 414 win faceoffs, 24 blocked shots and 28 giveaways.
It was clear that Monahan was moving out of favor with Darryl Sutter, Flames’ head coach, and into his doghouse as the season progressed. The Flames didn’t think much of Monahan when they sent him to Montreal as a salary dump move. They also included a 2025 first-round draft pick for future considerations. Hip surgery meant Monahan didn’t play the entire season.
He has scored 212 goals and assisted 250 times for 462 points in his career. Monahan was a -46 player with 153 penalty minutes and 143 power-play points. He also had three shorthanded points.
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