Nazem KadriC | Avalanche

Nazem Kadri vetoed trade from Leafs to FlamesJuly 12, 2019 | 01:54 AM

Nazem Kadri confirmed that he refused a trade to Calgary. Kadri had the Flames on his 10-team no trade list and when he was asked if he'd waive his no-trade clause, he declined. "What happened is they had a deal in place and they wanted me to move my no-trade clause," Kadri said. "Obviously, for me, it was no disrespect to Calgary or the Flames organization -- I love their team and I love the direction they're headed. I just figured that had I declined, I would have had a better opportunity of being a Maple Leaf next year, and that's really what it came down to. I wanted to play for the Leafs next year. I wanted to be a part of that. In declining that trade, I had aspirations of being a Leaf, and we know clearly that didn't happen." Toronto ultimately traded him to the Colorado Avalanche instead. The trade that did happen involved Tyson Barrie going to the Maple Leafs, so while Toronto might have had a deal in place with Calgary, they have to be pleased with the trade that ultimately was made involving Kadri.

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