Nazem Kadri leaving Colorado Avalanche for Calgary Flames, reports say

Nazem Kadri, an instrumental force helping the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup, is headed to Calgary, agreeing to a 7-year, $49 million contract, according to multiple published reports.

Kadri, 31, is coming off a career-high 87-point regular season (28 goals). During the playoffs he chipped in seven goals and 15 points in 16 playoff games. He finished fourth in Conn Smythe Trophy voting as the postseason MVP behind winner Cale Makar.

He had several memorable performances in the postseason, including his goal and assist in Game 3 of the second-round series against St. Louis. The Avs defeated the Blues 5-2 after St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington sustained a knee injury when Kadri collided with him while battling for a loose puck in front of the crease with a Blues defenseman. St. Louis fans publicly scorned Kadri and local police met with the Canadian-born Muslim to disclose racial threats made against him. In Game 4 of the series in St. Louis, Kadri had three goals and four points to lead Colorado to a 6-3 victory and a 3-1 series lead.

Kadri had three assists in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals against Edmonton, which fell 4-0 to give the Avs a 2-0 series lead. In Game 3, Colorado won 4-2 but lost Kadri to a broken right thumb after he was illegally checked into the boards by Oilers forward Evander Kane. Kadri underwent surgery two days later in Denver but missed…

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