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What’s With The Chatter Linking Bruins To Nazem Kadri?

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While the Boston Bruins and their fans wait on decisions from centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, they’re suddenly being linked to unrestricted free agent center Nazem Kadri who as of early Thursday evening remained unsigned himself.

The Boston Bruins were one of seven teams listed by ESPN NHL insider Greg Wyshynski that the longtime Bruins nemesis could sign with before the 2022-23 regular season begins. Here’s what Wysh had to say on that possibility:

‘If we’re to believe the notion that Kadri is waiting for a team to clear space for his arrival, then the Bruins have to remain on the radar because he’s a potential fit as a center and a perfect fit as a pain in the posterior.

Patrice Bergeron’s return to the team would slot him at the No. 1 center spot. The Bruins have had discussions with David Krejci about a return to the club, one season after he left to play in the Czech Extraliga. Then there’s Charlie Coyle and Pavel Zacha in the middle, too, not to mention players like Jack Studnicka looking for ice time.

Finding room for Kadri would be difficult if Krejci returns as expected. Heck, finding money for either of them would still necessitate finding a taker for someone like Nick Foligno ($3.8 million AAV for one more season).

But Kadri adds a snarl and swagger that the Bruins lack outside of Brad Marchand. As dependable as Krejci is as a point-producing center — especially in the postseason — there are elements to Kadri’s game that Boston could really use in a No. 2.’

As you can see, there’s plenty of if’s in there and as stated, two of the biggest if’s there are what Bergeron and Krejci will do and when. The biggest if though, regardless of what the two longtime Boston Bruins centers decide to do, is where is Bruins general manager Don Sweeney going to find the cap space he’ll need. Per our friends at PuckPedia, the Boston Bruins had $2.3 million in cap space as of Thursday night. Clearly that’s not enough to even sign one of Bergeron or Krejci on a team-friendly, incentive-laden, one-year contract that Sweeney admitted he was pushing for earlier this month.

“Yeah, we’ll probably be a little more tilted, look at the performance side of things,” Sweeney said following the first day of free agency on July 13.

In that same press conference, Sweeney also said flat out that he wouldn’t be aggressive in trying to sign top UFA’s like Nazem Kadri.

“No, we’re not being aggressive,” Sweeney said when asked if they were in on any big name UFA’s at that point. “We’ve got a little bit of view to the back end, given a couple of our injuries, if something presents itself there. Some teams have asked about some of our players, so we’re staying in talks in that regard, so we’re not aggressively in the marketplace at this point.”

Numerous texts and phone calls by Boston Hockey Now to various and trusted NHL sources Thursday did not indicate anything had changed on that front. For now it’s status quo as the Bruins and their fans continue to wait on pins and needles for answers from Bergeron and Krejci.

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Mrbruin4

No way Kadri is a Bruin. Click bait talk in dog days of summer. 37 will be back. 46 most likely. Still will have to clear some dollars just for that Sweeney has work to do and it does not include Kadri

Mrbruin4

Wiz was saying bruins have to be interested in Kadri. They are not the musical chairs of salary removal to add him would not be possible. And if it was. The team wouldn’t be better off No one is taking Foligno. Without a super sweetner that makes it poisonous to bruins Have some cereal Murph. You come across as an angry little boy in most of your responses to posters you do not always agree with what you say You have a great job. Enjoy it life is too short

Paul Marchetti

Jimmy “can’t crack corn” Murphy is all about click bait and being crotchety. Captain Crunch can’t fix that. Maybe some Corn Pops to crack. Lol

Last edited 3 months ago by Paul Marchetti
Jaz00000

Jimmy “can’t crack corn” is all about click bait and being crotchety. Captain Crunch can’t fix that. Maybe he can crack some Corn Pops lol

Wendy

Sorry but you’ve lost your mind. Stop making it out that adding someone like Kadri wouldn’t help, of course it would help and by a lot. And stop acting like they don’t have any movable contracts, because the opposite is true. If you don’t like Mr Murphy then STOP reading his stuff!!

Jaz00000

Mrs. Murphy?? Lol

Wendy

No they don’t. INCENTIVE laden contracts.

Klaus

I believe the bruins will sign kadri. Then trade Krecji to the Canucks for Jt miller

Mrbruin4

Klaus. We still got to sign 46 first. And pretty sure he will have NMC

Klaus

Thanks mr Brutus, anytime your in town my treat coffee and donuts at Dunkin I like the glazed ones.

Mrbruin4

Klaus. Well thank you

Bs metalhead

First off krejci would have to clear waivers, meaning any team could grab him. However the nhl teams usually have an agreement not to do that in certain instances. If krejci expresses he doesn’t want to play for any other team I doubt another team would snag him off waivers and expect him to be okay with something completely different than what he planned, he’d probably just go back to Europe. Also, why would bruins make it clear they’re protecting him from waivers only to turn around and trade him? It would be pretty scummy for Bruins reputation to protect… Read more »

Wendy

LMAO. Nope.

Ryan H

I would much rather them sign Bergy on a 1 year incentive base deal and then sign Kadri or keep the spot for a guy like Studnicka or Zacha then sign two players to incentive contracts when odds are they well exceed expectations and then we have to trade someone next year like we did with Boychuk. Kadri is interesting if you can get him for under 7 mill which will probably be unlikely

Wendy

You actually believe that’s why Johnny rocket was traded? 🙄
And they have over $20m in cap space next year, so just let Sweeney do his job, he doesn’t need your help or bad advice.

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Fred

Kadri isn’t coming here. Bergeron and Krejci aren’t coming back either. There’s no reason to. Krejci left so his children could be closer to their grandparents and experience life in his home country. He also knows that the Bruins have zero chance of winning a cup. Bergeron also knows that the Bruins can’t win a cup. If he really wants to play a few more years, he would be better off signing with a legitimate contender. All this talk about these three players is just a way to get fans hopeful for the upcoming season and sell tickets. The organization… Read more »

Jaz00000

100%

Wendy

He’s 100% WRONG.

Jaz00000

You’re as nasty as Jimmy “can’t crack corn” Are you related? LOL

Wendy

LMAO. Wrong!!!

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Ernest King

The Bruins will have to pay Zacha 3+ million IF it goes to arbitration and even if they come to a mutual agreement on a multiyear contract before Aug 11th arbitration date, it’ll still take most of remaining cap space..I really cant see how Bruins can make a pitch for Kadri and to be truthful, I have no interest in signing him..There’s just too much on the table already..Besides Zacha, Bergeron and maybe DK will likely get bonus laden contracts BUT even before that happens, Sweeney stated that he would like to get Pastrnak signed longterm and then hopefully sign… Read more »

Train

Funny, they don’t have the money to sign Bergeron or Krejci but they are interested in Kadri? Do you think Bergeron and Krejci are dumb enough to play for a million or two and earn the rest based on incentives? If one of these guys gets hurt and is out for the season, their incentive money is gone so now they played for peanuts like rookies or young guys on their first contracts after entry level. The B’s need to show these guys some respect and make them a decent offer in $5M neighborhood, or move on, plain and simple.… Read more »

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