Fantasy Take: Flames Sign Cup-Winning Kadri

Michael Clifford

2022-08-18

The one major domino left to fall in the 2022 NHL offseason was where unrestricted free agent Nazem Kadri would land. There were lots of rumours that he would be going to play for the New York Islanders, but that is not the team that signed him. It ended up being the team that yours truly was speculating ever since the Matthew Tkachuk trade:

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet would go on to say that Kadri's contract was for seven years with a $7M cap hit per season.

Things didn't stop there for Calgary as they would need to move out some money to make it all work. Sean Monahan was reported as being traded to Montreal, along with a sweetener. Those details still weren't confirmed at time of writing so that will be covered in a separate article. For now, we'll assume Monahan is no longer a Calgary Flame but leave it at that.

Let's break it down.

What Calgary Gets

Kadri had a career season at the age of 31 last year with Colorado, posting 87 points in 71 games. That point/game mark tied with teammate Mikko Rantanen for 14th in the league. That offensive burst is especially impressive considering he had just 68 points in his first 107 games as a member of the Avalanche. He also had never passed 61 points in a season until 2021-22. It was a superlativ