Nazem Kadri isn’t ready to handle the NHL, and he proved it again against Detroit Red Wings. His selfishness and unwillingness to battle make him a liability for the Leafs, and an easy target for players and officials all around the league.
I’m not saying he’ll never be ready, but obviously whatever he’s being taught isn’t having much of an effect on him.
That’s easy enough to say after Kadri was recently fined $5,000.00 for his second diving offence. It’s even easier to say after his comments in reaction to that fine. Then last night he found himself completely out worked and out classed by Luke Glendening of the Wings.
Unable to knock Glendening off the puck, he was also knocked down twice himself while trying. A Leaf team mate had to skate by and take Glendening down for him. Ever the hero, Kadri couldn’t help but get a greasy shot in on him while he was down. Once Glendening got up, he again knocked Kadri down and skated away to the front of the net.The now helmetless Kadri skated blindly after him, and without any hesitation or looking around at the play, levelled Glendening with a high cross check.
In my opinion, there’s no doubt he got him in the head, and even if you believe it was just a touch lower, he certainly wasn’t just giving him the warning cross check to the pants. He was trying to do some damage.
Luckily it was only Nazem Kadri, who can hardly stand up at times let alone give an overly punishing check. Just the same, I think this is definitely suspension worthy and he’s a repeat offender. I would hope for 5-7 games but after Duncan Keith only got 6, I’m not holding my breath.
Kadri has proven himself to be a fairly skilled but immature rat who is pretty much impossible to respect.
Like I said, this is easy enough to say now. Lots of people are saying it after last night. But I’ve been officially saying it since back in December (Kadri Hits Stone In Shoulder With Head) and again in early February (Kadri Cross Checks Pageau In The Head).
This isn’t a realization to me. It’s just a confirmation of what everyone should already know.