Ramblings: Kadri Lands in Calgary, Bubble Keeper Week Player Comparisons (Aug 19)

Ian Gooding


As we all expected, Nazem Kadri finally picked his team during Bubble Keeper Week! The free agent center has reportedly signed a seven-year contract worth $49 million total with the Calgary Flames. The scoring fit in Calgary was easy to spot with the offseason departures of Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk. However, I didn't think Kadri would choose Calgary since he reportedly turned down a trade there in 2019. For much more on the signing fantasy-wise, Mike took care of the Fantasy Take not long after news of the signing.

In a related move to clear cap space, the Flames have traded Sean Monahan and a 2025 conditional first-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for future considerations. The conditions for this pick are too lengthy for me to list and explain here, but you can find them if you are looking for some light reading. Cliffy also broke down the Fantasy Take for Monahan, who is trying to get his career back on track after surgeries on both hips.

Acquiring Monahan made more sense for the Habs because we now know that Carey Price will probably start the season on LTIR. According to Canadiens GM Kent Hughes, Price is expected to miss the start of the season, and he may not play at all in 2022-23 because of his injured knee. Price played in just five games last season, so this news isn't all that surprising. As it stands, the Habs will likely enter the season with a goaltending tandem of Jake Allen and Sam Montembeault, either of who will likely struggle to win most nights. Price may be forced to ride out the remainder of his contract on LTIR, which would be an unfortunate way for his career to end.

Hope you are finding Bubble Keeper Week useful if you have some keeper decisions to make. Perhaps you are making decisions among players similar to the ones that have been written so far, or maybe you need to make decisions on h