Nonis is very calculating in most things he does. He made his decision with Bozak, he was comfortable with 4.2 million on a 5 year term because he sees Bozak fitting in as our 2nd best offensive, all-round useful center. He isn’t pumping Kadri as our #1 cause he doesn’t want to pay him big money now, and he doesn’t want Leafs fans to get attached to the idea.
I don’t at all believe that he is close to trading Kadri or is shopping him, I think he wants to downplay Kadri, sign him to a two year deal to prove himself, then make a decision on whether or not he is a good enough #1 guy, or make him expendable to get that guy. I don’t think it’s that he has given up on Kadri, but I think he has decided that if Kadri isn’t a legitimate top tier scoring center, he isn’t interested keeping him around as a #2.
That being said, I am still a big Kadri fan, and I think he has the potential to be a #1 guy on a good team. There is nothing that says a number one center needs to be big, there are lots of great centers in this league who aren’t big power forward guys. Crosby, Giroux, Stamkos, Duchene, Tavares and Datsyuk.
If Kadri can develop to the point where he is legitimately comparable to Giroux, I would be happy with the Leafs down the middle. I am not saying that is likely, but definitely possible. He has a very similar career trajectory and skill set. At this point in Giroux’s career he had just completed his first full NHL season. Kadri actually had a better first full pro season at the same age then Giroux. That doesn’t mean he is better, but it is worth pointing out as it does show it’s not completely ridiculous to suggest that Kadri could be that good.
Despite all the flak he has taken, he has performed at every level. In his last OHL season, 3rd in scoring, makes the jump to AHL where he is a PPG player. First full NHL season, he’s almost a PPG player. The media has acted as if he is taking steps back, when outside of stints in the NHL as a 20 and 21 year old playing 10 mintues for a coach that doesn’t have a good reputation with rookies, there hasn’t been much in the way of stalls in his career.]]>
Jaromir was leading Dallas in scoring the day he was traded to Boston. This is a guy who can still make a big impact. I would love to get him for 1 year. He was awesome in the playoffs, despite not producing much. What I loved about him is that he could walk out of the corner backwards, protect the puck and then dish it off to the point or down low, but it was rare to get the puck off him. He also would come in over the line, and without the speed to burn any dman he would just stop, cut into the middle, protect the puck and then distribute it. He would be a perfect compliment to an otherwise speedy team.]]>