Sports Nazem Kadri only person to blame for suspension that puts Maple Leafs in tough spot

06:56  14 april  2018
06:56  14 april  2018 Source:   USA TODAY

Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended three games for Game 1 hit on Wingels

  Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended three games for Game 1 hit on Wingels Leafs’ Nazem Kadri suspended three games for Game 1 hit on WingelsIt’s Kadri’s fourth suspension, and the second suspension handed out by league disciplinarians in the early stages of the 2018 Stanley Cup final as the league cracks down on hits to the head. Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings was suspended for one game.

Maple Leafs centre suspended for three games for showing up late promises to live up to ‘a certain level of professionalism.’ Nazem Kadri is finally expected to dress when the Leafs get to Vancouver on Saturday. I put the blame on myself.

There's no doubt Kadri had a tough season in 2014-15. The Maple Leafs struggled in the standings, and he was suspended by team president But out of that personal low, Kadri started the Nazem Kadri Foundation that year with his family, putting parents Sam and Sue in the vice-chair seats.

a group of hockey players on the field: Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) questions a penalty called against him during the third period in Game 1.© Bob DeChiara, USA TODAY Sports Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri (43) questions a penalty called against him during the third period in Game 1.

Toronto Maple Leafs fans will want to blame the NHL for Nazem Kadri’s three-game suspension for boarding, but this one is on him.

Kadri would argue that he was standing up for a teammate, but what he ended up doing was letting down his team. Kadri is a valuable player, a 32-goal scorer with an edge to his game. He matches up well against top offensive players.

Now he is gone for three games of a seven-game series because he allowed his emotions get away from him.

On Thursday, the NHL Department of Player Safety suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty for a well-intentioned check that evolved into an illegal hit to the head. It was a rule that could have gone either way. I thought it was deserving of a one-game suspension, and maybe you didn’t. Doughty said Thursday: “I don’t think for one second that was suspension-worthy.”

Leafs surprised by length of Nazem Kadri's suspension

  Leafs surprised by length of Nazem Kadri's suspension Leafs surprised by length of Nazem Kadri's suspensionThe three-game ban, however, caught them off guard.

The Maple Leafs have a 1-11 record since Peter Horachek took over behind the bench. Both (Richard) Panik and (David) Booth, you saw them (with Nazem Kadri ), as the fourth line but pretty much they were our best the whole night.”

Nazem Kadri is now embracing a veteran role with the Toronto Maple Leafs , but the forward found himself at a crossroad in March 2015 when he was suspended three games for showing up late to a team meeting on a Sunday morning.

It was either no suspension or one game. No one was thinking more than that. It was a judgment.

Kadri’s hit was two stops past acceptable. With his team trailing 4-1 to the Boston Bruins, Kadri went after Tommy Wingels after Wingels came up high with a hit against Kadri teammate Mitch Marner. Wingels was vulnerable, with his back turned, when Kadri drove into him. Wingels’ head slams into the boards. Anyone who watched that hit would say Kadri was seeking retribution and trying to inflict pain. He could have easily avoided that hit.

This is the kind of hit that the NHL has aggressively tried to eradicate. The mandate has been to protect defenseless players. Wingels was defenseless. Kadri knew that. He skated a few strides before making contact.

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  Leafs' Kadri on return from suspension: 'I'm sick of watching games' Leafs' Kadri on return from suspension: 'I'm sick of watching games'After serving his three-game suspension for a dangerous hit on Boston Bruins forward Tommy Wingels in Game 1, Kadri made it clear he's excited to get back on the ice Saturday night for Game 5.

April 5, 2016 Greg Boysen. Nazem Kadri took part in this morning’s practice even though his season has been ended by a four-game suspension for a cross-check to the head of Luke Glendening. "I put them in a tough spot .

Nazem Kadri has a year to show the Maple Leafs he deserves a long-term contract. He faces the tough task of showing not only president Brendan Shanahan and his management staff but new coach Mike Babcock that he is a solid long-term investment for a team that will otherwise have no trouble

In the video explanation of the suspension, player safety stated: “It’s important to note that Kadri is in control of this hit at all times.”

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Even old school hockey guys would have a difficult time defending this hit. You like when teammates stand up for each other, but there were ways to do that without earning a suspension. Kadri sought to inflict pain on Wingels, but ended up hurting his team in an important playoff series.

He has no one to blame but himself.

Rosie DiManno: Kadri’s return might be ‘energy boost’ desperate Leafs need .
Headstrong. Heedless. A head-hunter, on the rap sheet. But also a teammate who’s got your back. That counts for something on the ice and in the room. It counts for a great deal. But also a teammate who’s got your back.

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