Flames sign Nazem Kadri; trade Sean Monahan to Canadiens

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Mar 16, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) and left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) react to a goal score by center Nathan MacKinnon (29) (not pictured) in the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Nazem Kadri will call Calgary his new home after multiple reports have surfaced he will be signing a seven-year deal with the Flames.

Per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the AAV is expected to be $7 million.

Kadri was rumored to be close to signing with the New York Islanders for weeks leading up to today’s news.

Flames to sign Nazem Kadri

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Jan 7, 2020; New York, New York, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) skates with the puck during the third period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

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

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

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.

Flames to trade Sean Monahan

Additional reports have surfaced that Calgary will be trading center Sean Monahan to the Montreal Canadiens in order to make room for Kadri. Details of that transaction have yet to be finalized.

Monahan, 27, has 1 year remaining at $6.375M and is recovering from hip surgery. In 65 games during the 2021-22 campaign, he registered 23 points.

UPDATE: Canadiens have acquired Sean Monahan and a conditional first-round pick in 2025 from the Calgary Flames in exchange for future considerations. The conditions are lengthy and can be found here.

It’s been a wild summer for the Flames after losing last year’s leading scorer, Johnny Gaudreau to the Columbus Blue Jackets in free agency. That was followed up by Matthew Tkachuk informing GM Brad Treliving he wouldn’t sign longterm.

That led to a trade with the Florida Panthers that brought back star forward Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt and a conditional first-round pick in 2025 Huberdeau was then quickly signed to an eight-year, $84 million contract extension.

In the end, the Flames may have lost two of their top players but replaced them nicely with these additions.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article