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Calgary Flames finalizing deal for Nazem Kadri

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Jun 26, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) celebrates with the Stanley Cup after the Avalanche game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Unrestricted free-agent forward Nazem Kadri and the Calgary Flames are finalizing a contract that is believed to span seven years, TSN reported on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Kadri, 31, recorded career-high totals in assists (59) and points (87) to go along with 28 goals in 71 games last season with the Colorado Avalanche. He added 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 16 games in the postseason as part of the Avalanche’s run to a Stanley Cup title.

Kadri played in 2021-22 in the final season of a six-year, $27 million contract.

The addition of Kadri would be the latest move in an eventful offseason for the Flames, who acquired star forward Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt and a conditional first-round pick in 2025 from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Matthew Tkachuk. Huberdeau has since signed an eight-year, $84 million contract extension.

Calgary also saw star Johnny Gaudreau depart to the Columbus Blue Jackets in free agency.

Kadri has 512 points (219 goals, 293 assists) in 739 career games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2010-19) and Avalanche (2019-22).

He was selected by the Maple Leafs with the seventh overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft before being dealt to the Avalanche along with defenseman Calle Rosen and a third-round pick in exchange for defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward Alexander Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick on July 1, 2019.

–Field Level Media