Kadri, 23, has struggled this year after a breakout ’13 campaign that saw him score 44 points in 48 games. While his offensive production hasn’t completely plummeted — he has 11 goals and 23 points through 37 games — Kadri’s two-way game and defensive play (or, lack thereof) have come under scrutiny, most notably by head coach Randy Carlyle.
Today, Carlyle ripped Kadri and linemates Joffrey Lupul and Mason Raymond:
Randy Carlyle feels line of Lupul, Raymond and Kadri has to improve. “In my mind they’re playing to a fraction of where they really can be.”
Holland — who, like Kadri, is a 23-year-old center — was acquired from Anaheim earlier this season and has looked good since moving east, scoring nine points in 19 games while posting a plus-1 rating for the Leafs.
It’ll be interesting to see if Toronto does move Kadri, currently in the first of a two-year, $5.8 million deal signed in September, a deal that featured somewhat acrimonious negotiations.
“The deal is fair for both sides,” Kadri told reporters after the ink dried, per NHL.com. “It was more difficult than I thought. I’m very relieved I have a contract.”
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger