NHL Rumors: Isles have offer on table for Nazem Kadri, and Oilers looking at veterans

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Today’s NHL Rumors circles back on the biggest UFA still on the market. Nazem Kadri hasn’t signed a new contract as we approach a month since free agency opened on July 13.

Kadr, 31, posted 87 points in 71 games last season and added 15 points in 16 playoff contests en route to his first Stanley Cup ring. He’s coming off a deal worth $4.5 million and will be getting a nice raise.

According to the latest reports, the Islanders are the team reportedly most interested.

NHL Rumors: Isles have offer for Nazem Kadri

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Mar 1, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri (91) shoots the puck in the second period against the New York Islanders at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

“I’ve shown what my worth is,” Kadri said before free agency. “I’m just looking forward to watching this all develop.”

Well, it’s been slow going with rumblings that the center is looking for a new deal with an AAV along the lines of $9 million.

On a recent DFO Rundown podcast, Frank Seravalli indicates that Islanders have an offer on the table for seven years at $7 million per season.

There is of course none bigger than Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche. Fresh off his team’s Stanley Cup victory, he’s been open about getting what he’s worth in free agency.

The Isles continue to be the top destination but Kadri’s camp continues to talk with other teams. It should also be noted that GM Lou Lamoriello is expected to make several announcements which should include a new contract for RFA defenseman Noah Dobson.

NHL Rumors: Oilers eyeing P.K. Subban and Phil Kessel

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Jan 22, 2022; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban (76) catches a puck on his stick during warmups against the Carolina Hurricanes on PRIDE night at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that the Edmonton Oilers could be eyeing a pair of veterans that they’d like to add before the season.

Two well-known veteran NHL’ers continue to be linked to the Edmonton Oilers: P.K. Subban and Phil Kessel. Subban has made over $80m in his career, Kessel $93m. At this point in their careers, they have made most of the money they will probably ever need. What they will still want to do is win, especially after seasons in New Jersey and Arizona. So, why would their agents (Don Meehan and Wayne Arnott, respectively) not put a call in to a Final 4 team to see if there is a fit?

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Subban, 33, recorded 22 points in 77 games last season. He’s not going to see an AAV of $9 million ever again, but could be a nice low-cost add for one season.

Kessel, 34, scored 52 points in 82 games last season with the hapless and floundering Arizona Coyotes. For that alone, the happy-go-lucky winger should garner some interest this summer with a contender on a one or two-year deal with a low cap hit.