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.
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.
Here were the practice lines following the hearing:
Practice Lines: Raymond-JVR-Kessel. Lupul-McClement-Clarkson. Ashton-Smithson-Kulemin. McLaren-Kadri-Bodie-Orr.
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I am really surprised by the Kadri suspension. First time offender, accidental, and THREE games. Marchand does this stuff on a nightly basis on purpose and nothing. Chara targets peoples heads all the time and nothing. How did the league not suspend Boychuk for his hit on Kadri the game before? When you watch the replay his principle point of contact was Kadri's head. In fact his head was pretty much the only thing he hit. That hit had way more potential to injure than Kadri's. How did he get a free pass?
Go back and look at video of other guys who got one or two game suspensions. Many of them are far worse than Kadri's hit. How do they come up with THREE games.
I love hockey but hate the NHL. Never liked Shanahan, always thought he was way over rated. NJ really got a great deal when they got Scott Stevens as compensation for him.
Just to continue trolling Burtonboy, I again propose calling up McKegg and putting him between JVR and Kessel. he can be instructed to concentrate on the D game and, should the puck find his stick, just give it to his wingers ASAP. The Leafs need a spark, and can you imagine McKegg's enthusiasm and energy if he were put in that position? I recall the Leafs - Marlies wanted the baby buds to train their players to play specific roles - so a third liner from the Marlies goes to the third line on the Leafs, etc. Well, this is a chance to test that philosophy.
I would otherwise put Raymond in as second line C between Lupul and Clarkson and then Ashton - McClement - Kulimen.
Finally, Orr and Smithson. Dress 11 forwards and double shift the guys with jump. Dress 7 D so Phaneuf isn't beaten out for the second of the back to back.
Look, the Leafs need a minor miracle here. They should inject some youth and enthusiasm and see what happens.
If Panthers is open for business send Liles, prospect and pick for Fleischmann and Kuilikov. If Kulikov works out trade Gunnar somewhere for a good young center prospect.
Kadri should not have been suspended. Backstrom was sliding outside of his crease and was completely out by the time Kadri made contact with him. If he was a repeat offender, fine, give him a game, but he's not, and it was immediately after he tipped a shot on goal at a high speed. That said, whatever, it is what it is. Hopefully we can still manage without our centers.
Going to be pretty cool to be at the top of this list.
the radio experts here in van city had a field day all day long with that kadri hit they hate us so much here its unreal
@B_Leaf Kadri deserved it. You don't do that to a 'tender. He is lucky he didn't get nailed for the Granlund hit also. Love the guy and hate that he's suspended but can still admit that he deserved it,
@MaxwellHowe LOL Your idea of trolling is more like a debate . If all trolls worked this way the internet would be a much better place to carry on a conversation. Now on to McKeeg . How many NHL games does he have under his belt ? Zero ,nada ,zilch. Trevor Smith has massive AHL numbers compared to McKegg plus he has played 33 NHL games in his career . If your looking for a miracle then atleast give yourself a fighting chance.
@Great Dane I would definetly be interested in Mattais but there's far to much salary for us to consider taking Fleischmann and Kuilikov
@Dink That is bad enough. IMO the real problem is both the Marlies and the Leafs are sooooooo thin down the middle.
Nonis need make trades for some two-way center for both the Leafs and the Marlies. The depth we have on the defense needs to be converted into centers.
@Savo43 It was a blue and white, center of the hockey universe suspension. Had very little to do with anything that actually occurred on the ice.
@-Keon- TJ Brennan says hi....
@Pent_House hope they win in ot
@ConnorCrisp were you having difficulties posting from your phone?
@Pent_House What did Bickell get again? 4 million?
Ah Vancouver the city of Mountains and Meth clinics.
@astrit07 Catching it here in Victoria. Where were they for Lucic-Miller?
@astrit07 I'd move.
@Cameron19 Too bad Philly won a couple of games. Homer gets stay of execution. Was hoping they'd fire him and blow it up.
@Cameron19 /Does his 4 points in 18 games not scare you... I do like him tho. Thats just a terrible offensive start to the season.
@Cameron19 What's the cap floor? They may have had to keep salary to stay above it. It looks like capgeek has calculated the deal and Panthers are just above $49 million.
@Cameron19 Methinks Versteeg demanded to be traded out of Fla.
@Great Dane No team in the league can suffer the loss of their top 3 centre man. Every team looks thin when you do that....it's not specific to the Leafs.
@Pent_House The guy I played had Seguin and Roy tonight. 28 and 14 points respectively.
He's here now—and I agree—but that could be Leivo or whomever, going forward.
The reason I have those players, is that you're going to have pay through the nose for legit top 6 forwards and both those two are somewhat of a deal, being behind lots of centre depth.
I'm convinced Couturier is a Top 6 centre with the right team. I've been wrong before, but his skill sets are not bottom 6 *only*. He does a great job there, but he has a lot of offensive talent that is not in use right now, IMHO
I'd prefer to downgrade a bit in the offensive department and have defensively oriented players that can win draws, not turn the puck over and be thrown over the boards against the best players.
Also, it reduces the scrambling from the coaches to constantly line match. If O'Reilly or Couturier get caught out against a top line, it's not the end of the world.
It hurts, but we need to relinquish some offensive talent to get better defensively down the middle. This team will score plenty of goals, we need to get solid down the middle to switch gears.
3 players if you count Bozak. LOL. As I said to Alec, he's been shot out of a cannon in this scenario and doesn't exist (and his contract, too)