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You can bet that the Toronto Maple Leafs won’t be seeing Nazem Kadri for a few games.
It’s odd that Kadri’s ludicrous elbow to the head of Wild goaltender Nicklas Backstrom has so far not been met with quite the furore that followed Milan Lucic’s hit on Ryan Miller last season. Kadri, driving to the net from the left hand corner, appeared to zero-in on Backstrom’s head and followed through with enough force deck the goaltender right on his back.
As there was in Buffalo, there may be an inquiry in the Minnesota dressing room as to the weak response from the Wild players. Kadri was merely given a gentle shove in the back of the head and otherwise got away scott-free. He didn’t manage to last the whole game though, as he was later ejected for a hit to the head on forward Mikael Granland.
Goodness knows what possessed Kadri to start flying around like some kind of Raffi Torres understudy. Perhaps he was trying to make up for his as yet underwhelming campaign on the scoresheet by ruffling some feathers. Perhaps coach Randy Carlyle instructed him to stop clowning around at centre ice and head for the dirty areas, and that message was interpreted as ‘show zero respect for the brains of the opposing players and lamp the most vulnerable of them straight in the head, preferably so the back of his skull bounces off the ice’.
Whatever Kadri’s excuses he should be embarrassed and ashamed, as I was to watch that as a Leafs fan. It’s enough to make me take leave of my senses by agreeing with Don Cherry that some goon bruiser should have gone out there and taught him a little respect.
The hit that finally got an apparently braindead-for-the-evening Kadri ejected was also ugly, though arguably less so, raising his shoulder to catch Granlund as the wild forward stood stationary with his back to the boards.
Kadri is undoubtedly talented, with velvet-soft hands, great footspeed and creative thinking. That, however, was ludicrous. Let’s hope that the NHL will give Kadri enough of a suspension to knock some sense into him.
It is also time, surely, for the NHL to consider upping their game when it comes to suspensions. Patrick Kaleta’s banishment to waivers by the Buffalo Sabres was a welcome piece of actual guts after a paltry 10 game suspension from the NHL. 10 games for a player who the words ‘repeat offender’ don’t even begin to do justice? Give me a break.
Yes, competition is fierce, yes it’s a physical game and yes, these guys are under pressure to make an impact, perform and make the most of their talent and opportunity at the highest level of professional hockey. But if the Department of Player Safety really wants to protect players from weaponised hits, Kaleta is gone for 25 games and Kadri is gone for 5.
Time to get tough with these guys. It’s the only way they’ll learn.
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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspendedfor three games for his hit on Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom.The incident occurred in Minnesotas overtime win Wednesdaynight. Backstrom was knocked out of the game and is likely out for Fridaysgame.The NHL announced the suspension after a hearing with Kadrion Thursday. He was suspended three games for the hit...
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended three games for his hit to Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom during Minnesota's 2-1 shootout win on Wednesday according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.
Kadri ran over Backstrom seven minutes into the game, and his elbow appeared to hit Backstrom in the head. Backstrom lay on the ice for about 30 seconds...
On Wednesday night in Minnesota, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri laid some brutal hits. First, Kadri absolutely destroyed Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom with a blatant blow to the head. Then, he boarded Mikael Granlund, delivering another clear blow to the head. Kadri was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for his hit on Granlund, but he should have gotten...
The Toronto Maple Leafs have some serious issues down the middle after the NHL announced Thursday, centre Nazem Kadri has been suspended for 3 games.
Kadri was suspended for one of the two hits to the head that he committed during the Maple Leafs game against the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.
The suspension handed down by NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan was for the...
Nazem Kadri had himself a game on Thursday night, but it wasn’t of the good variety.
That first hit resulted in an injured Niklas Backstrom being led off the ice never to return. The second hit on Granlund led to a game misconduct for the Leafs forward.
Is it possible to get two suspensions from one single game? We’re about to find out.
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Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Thursday afternoon for a hit on Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.
At 7:07 of the first period, Kadri hit Backstrom while driving to the net. Backstrom initially remained in the game after being attended to on the ice...
With the gaping hole they have up the middle right now, the Maple Leafs can ill afford to lose another centre.
Yet, that's the position Nazem Kadri might have put his team into after he ploughed into Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom in the first period of Toronto's 2-1 shootout defeat at the Xcel Energy Center on Wednesday night.
Already missing David Bolland (tendon...
Kadri received a match penalty for the hit.
If you missed the first questionable hit from Kadri tonight, watch it here.
The Maple Leafs suffered a 2-1 shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center Wednesday night, but of more concern may be the status of center Nazem Kadri, who was given a match penalty and ejected from the game for a hit on the Wildâs Mikael Granlund in the third period.
Kadri was particularly undisciplined, compiling 19 PIM's in the game. He collided...
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri will have a disciplinary hearing at 1pm et Thursday for his hit to Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom during Minnesota's 2-1 shootout win on Wednesday.
Kardi ran over Backstrom seven minutes into the game. Kadri's elbow appeared to hit Backstrom in the head. Backstrom lay on the ice for around 30 seconds before sitting up...
In night filled with questionable hits, one in particular during a rough and tumble tilt between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center appears to have drawn the attention of the NHL. With thirteen minutes remaining in the first period, Leafs center Nazem Kadri absolutely trucked Wild goaltender […]The post Leafs’ Nazem Kadri to have...
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri drew ire and plenty of criticism for a collision with Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom on Wednesday.
Backstrom, 35, tried to play through the pain but eventually made way for Josh Harding. That might sound like a blessing in disguise for Minnesota because Harding’s been so dominant, but Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston points out that...
Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against the Panthers after getting bowled over last night against Toronto, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports.
Backstrom left Wednesday’s contest following a first-period collision with Nazem Kadri. The Toronto forward was given a goalie interference minor on the play, and had phone hearing this morning with...
Per TSN's Darren Dreger, Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri has been suspended three games for hit on Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom.
English: Kadri at the 2010 world juniors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
From Michael Russo's blog today. Russo asked Yeo about the Wild being called a quote-unquote “soft” team.
“First off, obviously who’s the first [player] to jump on top of him [Kadri]?” Yeo said. “[Ryan] Suter. So to say that we didn’t do anything, that’s false actually. And if you want...