NHL Rumors: Nazem Kadri Linked to 4 Teams

Free-agent forward Nazem Kadri is letting the dust settle on the first few days of free agency and doesn't appear to be in any type of rush to sign a new contract. The only problem with being patient is the fact some teams who may be interested, won't wait around and head in other directions before a deal can be reached. Kadri is coming off a career season and wants to be paid, let's examine the four teams he's recently been linked to:

Colorado Avalanche

Make no mistake about it, the Avalanche would love Kadri back and this is certainly a major possibility. The Avs only have $3 million or so in cap space at the moment and would need to make a move or two to open up the resources. It seems like they may be more worried about locking Nathan MacKinnon up at the moment as he's eligible for an extension.

Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks added Ryan Strome, however may not be done. They would love to mix in another center as Ryan Getzlaf has handed over the keys to Trevor Zegras and the young core. Kadri could potentially be in for a pay day from the Ducks, as they have a ton of cap space. Their vision and realistic expectations of winning could get in the way here as this team is still a few years away.

Seattle Kraken

The Kraken have $9.8 million in cap space and are desperate for some more offense. The only issue here is the fact Kadri wants to win and the second-year franchise isn't likely competing for a playoff spot. While the Kraken may wish, it's likely a swing-and-a-miss on this one.

New York Islanders

The Islanders are a dark horse here as they have apparently been in on more free agents than we think. A team that's been close before, adding a piece like Kadri could get them back into the mix as contenders in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders have $11.1 million in cap space available for next season and a general manager who isn't afraid of making a move. They missed on Johnny Gaudreau, is Kadri a consolation prize they desire?

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