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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!