While I agree, it's entirely a matter of perspective. It doesn't neccessarily need to be a conspiracy as to why he was "held back", Burke/Wilson may have genuinely felt that Kadri was worse than those players (Wallin et al.). In which case, that's just asset management, which is their job.
Perhaps. But all the highlights of Kadri down in the AHL, scoring incredible goals, on coaches corner during the intermission while we were down 5-0 to boston (or whatever team) after the 1st.... seem to make more sense now. As senile as Cherry is he had a point...and now... with the moves Nonis is doing, ridding ourselves of the dead weight and letting the kids play is great --and also partly Carlyle's doing as well.
Kadri was ready a year ago to make this team. There is no doubt in my mind. Kadri was held back by politics, no doubt in my mind. Some of Burke's executives probably fought for Kadri to come up and play on this team, full time, there is no doubt in my mind.
I'm starting to think that Burke ... relies heavily (to a fault) on his coaches opinions. In Anaheim, he had Carlyle and Carlyle made Burke look like a genius. And whomever Burke brings in as a player - he is loyal to a fault with them too - and would ride his mistakes all the way to last place.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tim Connolly was not on the ice at practice on Thursday and it's expected the veteran forward will be placed on waivers. Should Connolly clear waivers, he could be bought out of the final year of his contract, which carries a cap hit of $4.75 million this season. Full Story.
Leafs using one of their amnesty buyouts on Connolly would be great news, as long as they save one for Komisarek next year.
I applaud Nonis, as he is really going to town cleaning up the inherited mess and making room for younger better players.
Signature: There is no greater demonstration of Fan patience then to suggest to "Play the Kids " and be willing to accept the consequences of those actions..
Depends if Kulemin plays like he did last year and if JVR is healthy or not. I have serious doubts on either of these. Our bottom 6 is awful.
It's really not that bad. McClem, Brown, are very good in their spots, Steckel is pretty decent and is elite in face offs. JVR or CMac will also be in our bottom 6. Then you have Frattin or Kadri and maybe Komarov. What is the problem ?