NHL Rumors: Latest on Nazem Kadri's Contract Demands

Free-agent forward Nazem Kadri is still sitting without a contract as we creep closer to training camps opening for next season. Kadri has yet to scale back his contract demands and according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Kadri is still looking for over $9 million per season.

The Colorado Avalanche forward made $4.5 million per season on his last deal, and after an 87-point season and another 15 points in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games, wants to cash in on what he feels he's owed. At this point there aren't many teams who can afford to add Kadri at his asking price and it seems like there's going to be a trade or two completed before pen reaches paper.

The New York Islanders continue to be the heavy favorites to land the free-agent center, along with a reunion with the Avalanche. Two other teams to keep an eye on include the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings who have both kicked tires on Kadri this summer. The Ducks would complete quite the offseason if their capable of landing both Kadri and defenseman John Klingberg.

As for the Islanders, they have $11.1 million available in cap space according to CapFriendly.com and have a need to add more offense next season. The prior relationship between Kadri and Isles general manager Lou Lamoriello could certainly come into play here as there's a huge level of trust between the two after agreeing on Kadri's last contract as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

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