After a busy week of Nazem Kadri to the New York Islanders rumors grew louder and louder, with some reporting a deal was in place, while others reported the opposite, everything went radio silent.
We here at NYI Hockey Now shared information that Nazem Kadri to Long Island is more than likely, but New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello wanted to create roster space before making the signing official.
We heard that the Nazem Kadri deal could be around $7 million annually over a seven-year frame, which was reported back on July 31. Back on Aug. 8, I spoke to someone who shared that because the Islanders were struggling to move Josh Bailey and his $5 million, 25-year-old Anthony Beauvillier and his $4.15 million annual cap hit were being shopped as a Plan B.
I was told by a league source a few days ago not to be surprised if no official announcements come until Sept. 1. As much as Lou Lamoriello loves to wait to announce his moves, it would be close to impossible to hide a trade, a trade that would need to be made real soon.
Again, Kadri to New York seems almost about done, but financially there are still things that need to be worked out.
So how long will New York Islanders fans have to wait before the Islanders announce the Kadri signing?
NHL insider John Shannon shared on the Sekeres & Price podcast, hosted by Matt Sekeres and Blake Price, two of the most popular voices of Vancouver hockey, that Kadri to the New York Islanders could be announced as soon as the end of the week.
“I think there is a resolution. I do think he ends up with the New York Islanders,” Shannon said. ” I think that there are still some, you know, chairs to move on the deck of the cruise ship before they can announce it.”
“But it wouldn’t surprise me that it gets done this week at some point.”
Shannon was then asked if Kadri and Lou Lamoriello were still negotiating a deal.
“I don’t know that for a fact at all,” Shannon said. “What I do know is that Lou has to find, has to move some money too and so that becomes the bigger storyline, is how much…where’s Lou [Lamoriello] moving some of the money to and, and quite frankly has had Darren Ferris, the agent, and Naz [Nazem Kadri], have they finally realized that his price point isn’t as high as the one that he expected to get near $9 million.”
“But it certainly sounds like everything is falling into place this week.”
Lamoriello rarely allows information like this to come out. And Shannon, when he heard from a source about it, he was stunned as well.
“You know how the information of the deal getting done this week, has leaked out is absolutely amazing to me, but I got it from a very good source that it’s going to happen very soon.”
We are already in mid-August and the New York Islanders have not made one free agent signing and time is starting to tick as we near training camp. But no one rushes Lou Lamoriello and an announcement will be made when he is ready to make such an announcement.
The question becomes, is that time coming over the next few days?
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