Nazem Kadri Suspended For 3 Games

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Nazem Kadri - July 12, 2013
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The verdict is in: Nazem Kadri has been suspended 3 games for his collision with Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom.

Here’s the suspension video from the Department of Player Safety:

Well, I’ve complained about it already, all that’s left to do is look forward.

The Leafs face the prospect of three games without Kadri, Bozak and Bolland. Doesn’t matter if it’s against the Sabres, it’s really difficult to win games in the NHL without your top three centers. Having to move JvR to center on its own has certainly had its impact in terms of the top line’s offensive production, and the Leafs just lost their remaining skilled natural centre for the next three games.

Are the Leafs going to try out Mason Raymond, who played some center in Vancouver, down the middle? One would assume that would mean Josh Leivo would be recalled to jump in on the wing, or Spencer Abbott, who has points in eleven straight for the Marlies (a franchise record). The Leafs would have to send Liles back down to the Marlies to recall a forward as they’re up against the roster limit.

Another option is to call up Trevor Smith and go JvR – McClement – Smith – Smithson at center.

Marlies reporter, Kyle Cicerella, had this to say about the depth for the Leafs at centre.

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I think they play it safe and bring Smith back up. They may give McKegg a game, but personally, I don’t see him as a good option. Truth be told they lack serious depth down the middle. Smithson went from no job to AHL PTO to Leafs second line in three weeks.

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Here were the practice lines following the hearing:

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  • peterbleafs

    Geez 3 games that is gonna hurt.  Way too much.

  • JMAC17

    Horse shit!  Figures the book would get thrown at a Leaf player.

  • Marlies Man

    Not saying we should do it but what constitute an emergency call up of say a Gauthier or a Verhaeghe?

  • Burtonboy

    peterbleafs We can still beat the Sabres without Bozak ,Kadri and Bolland . Ted Nolan can’t walk on water or perform miracles ,not that I know for. They are still the same team with 9 fuckin pts  The players we have up front with Smith called up from thew Marlies should get the job done . Our goal tending is top notch and our d a finally playing well . If we just button up a little we can get over this bullshit . I’m not throwing in the towel for one fuckin minute.

  • Burtonboy

    Marlies Man Would you throw a raw rookie into this situation ?

  • Tommy Cat

    Total bullshit.

  • Pent_House

    Burtonboy peterbleafs We’re going to need some dirty goals to get through this. PP needs to come out big as well.

  • Tommy Cat

    I think the team will be rilled up and will smash the Sabres in the next two.

  • Wilbur

    Marlies Man This is not an emergency call up. Leafs have plenty of time to call someone up from the farm…

  • GeorgeCastanza

    WE”LL REMEMBER THIS NEXT TIME OUR GOALIE GETS RUN OVER ALA James Reimer. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fuck you NHL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jay_Berg

    Lol leaf goggles. Everyone thought he would get 2 or 3. He got 3. Dumb play, deserved a suspension. Let’s live with it and move on. There are no stupid conspiracies against the leafs.

  • Bernier_The_Boats

    Backstrom wasn’t even in the blue paint….phuck!!

  • Burtonboy

    Pent_House Burtonboy peterbleafs Its doable PH. Its not like we have to play the Bruin or the Pens

  • GeorgeCastanza

    INCONSISTENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GeorgeCastanza

    Open season on Leaf goalies !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tommy Cat

    Bernier_The_Boats And they probably had a better chance of winning with Backstrom in anyway.

  • Bernier_The_Boats

    Tommy Cat Bernier_The_Boats yep..

  • Black_Hawk

    Jay_Berg if you dont get angry after one of your players gets suspended then ur really not a fan. I dont like the leafs goggles thing as of course fans are going to hate when things go against there team. Its because we care that we are fans.

  • mcloki

    BUUUUUULLLLLSSSSHHHIIIIIITTTTTT!!!!!!!

  • GeorgeCastanza

    REPLAY the Reimer hit !!!

  • Tommy Cat

    Burtonboy Marlies Man JR was an emergency call up from junior wasn’t he?  Probably not a good example.

  • Cameron19

    Jay_Berg Get a grip.

  • Marlies Man

    Burtonboy Marlies Man lol no, highly unlikely, I know. But could we?

  • JMAC17

    Black_Hawk Jay_Berg Its not only Leaf goggles here.  Look at how many goalies have been run in their creases with no suspension….Emery skates down the ice a mugs Holtby…but that is ok.
    Kadri’s hit was dirty…no doubt, but he wasnt in the crease and didnt really hit him viciously like some will say….The anger is from the inconsistency.

  • Jay_Berg

    I need to get a grip? For being objective?

  • Cameron19

    Black_Hawk Jay_Berg Has nothing to do with Leaf goggles. Shanahan has been wildly inconsistent since he started. Fans who shout “homer” and “leaf goggles” are wearing reality blinders.

  • ConnorCrisp

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=E64z20Lu4b8

  • JMAC17

    GeorgeCastanza Replay the Miller hit….WAY worse no suspension

  • ConnorCrisp

    that is all that needs to be said

  • Marlies Man

    Wilbur Marlies Man I dunno, cap crunch, low on centres. What was the situation with the Flames last year? I can’t recall.

  • Jay_Berg

    Emery incident has zero to do with this.

  • Cameron19

    Jay_Berg Nothing objective about what you you just said. You just assumed that taking the opposite approach was objective. It’s not.  It’s incorrect. This decision was awful, and it’s embarrassing for the league – but because people like you will eat it up in the name of objectivity, we’ll have to keep dealing with this nonsense.

  • ConnorCrisp

    GeorgeCastanza SUSPEND LEVIO!!!

  • Wilbur

    So if I understand correctly Shanaban said this hit was in no way whatsoever intentional but because Kadri did have control of himself he needed to avoid contact or at least attempt to avoid contact.  Because he didn’t and it resulted in a hit to the head he gets 3 games. So the intentional cross check to JVR’s face (part of his head last time I checked) against the Bruins in the playoffs last spring didn’t require a suspension? I’m so confuzzed…..

  • Black_Hawk

    JMAC17 Black_Hawk Jay_Berg yeah i know what i meant was that i dont like when ppl refer to when fans get mad at something as leafs goggles or whatever.

  • Marlies Man

    Wilbur Marlies Man Yeah, it was Baertschi last year they called up from the WHL due to injuries.

  • Jay_Berg

    Lmao

  • Cameron19

    JMAC17 Black_Hawk Jay_Berg Kadri’s hit wasn’t dirty. It was unintentional.It was nothing more than an unfortunate collision.

  • GeorgeCastanza

    ConnorCrisp GeorgeCastanza lol.

  • Black_Hawk

    Cameron19 Black_Hawk Jay_Berg yeah i know thats what i meant about leafs goggle

  • Marlies Man

    Wilbur Marlies Man The Flames were able to recall Baertschi from junior based on an agreement between the NHL and CHL that states if a team is on its third emergency situation, the club can recall a player from major junior.

  • mlclearwater

    Mother fucker we are getting beat up. Did Kadri deserve a suspension for the hit? Yes but only if players like Gionta and Lucic get suspended too. We get penalized for playing tough and other teams get rewarded. I still think we beat the shit out of the sabres, although Scott is a man child and Miller might get us

  • ConnorCrisp

    JMAC17 GeorgeCastanza Thats ok guys, Damospin said it would be a suspension if it was done today, so we can all relax

  • Cameron19

    Guys, I’m okay with the suspension.  I think Kadri deserved it.  Therefore I’m objective, and better than you.

  • Jay_Berg

    No not dirty at all… Not even the slightest.

  • ConnorCrisp

    Cameron19 following on this thread of objectivity, Levio should also get at least 5 games.

  • Marlies Man

    Wilbur and don’t forget players go to the net routinely, he said, during regular game play … but Kadri is a Leaf.

  • Black_Hawk

    ConnorCrisp Cameron19 what he do?

  • phaneufoundlander

    Fuck you Fanny, you piece of shit….3 fuckings games? Are you fucking kidding me? You are officially an asshole Shanaban…….your Suspension of Kessel was a farce, but this truly makes you a fucking jerk

  • ConnorCrisp

    Black_Hawk ConnorCrisp Cameron19 Blantant knee to Riemers head