DENVER, COLORADO – OCTOBER 10: Nazem Kadri #91 of the Colorado Avalanche sets up a shot on goal against the Boston Bruins in the second period at the Pepsi Center on October 10, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
This year, there’s perhaps no center on the market who will get a bigger bag than Nazem Kadri.
In addition to his Stanley Cup championship with the Avalanche, the 31-year-old Kadri is coming off a career-year that included 28 goals and a career-high 59 assists and 87 points. Kadri also established career-best marks in power-play points (29), shots on goal (247), and averaged a career-best 19:15 of time on ice per night.
Kadri kept that pace in the postseason, too, with seven goals and 15 points in 16 playoff games, and with thumb surgery in the middle of that run.
In other words, Kadri is indeed going to get paaaaaaaid. And the Bruins are one of the teams that could pay him.
“The number I hear is it starts at eight and it could go as high as 10 [million],” Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said in an interview. “The teams that I’m hearing out there, two teams that can stroke that cheque right now are Seattle and the Boston Bruins.”
Kadri is a fit for the Bruins’ needs, no doubt. The team needs a second-line center, and they could also use a player that brings the two-way tenacity of Kadri to help ease the burden on Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Kadri would especially help Marchand, too, as the Bruins would have one more forward teams would have to worry about getting under their skin. (Though it goes without saying that Kadri, much like Marchand, has had an issue with walking that line.)
But $8-to-10 million is a big, big ask.
And contrary to what Kypreos is saying, it’s not possible for the Bruins to sign that check without moving money out.
For the Bruins, who currently have less than $2.5 million in cap space, that would likely mean moving out Mike Reilly ($3 million), Nick Foligno ($3.8 million), and Tomas Nosek ($1.75 million) at the very least.It’s no secret that some of those contracts will be harder to move than others, and that the returns will be minimal at best, and that’s assuming it doesn’t require eating money, which seems hard to believe when it comes to Foligno, for example.