Leafs deal Kadri to Avs for Barrie, Kerfoot

Two veterans departed the only NHL teams they’ve played , as the Colorado Avalanche acquired forward Nazem Kadri on Monday in a deal that sent defenseman Tyson Barrie into the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Colorado also picked up a 2020 third-round draft pick plus defenseman Calle Rosen . Toronto also got ahead Alex Kerfoot along with a 2020 sixth-round selection. Additionally the Avalanche are retaining half of the 5.5 million cap hit on the final season of Barrie’s contract.
Kadri carries a cap hit of $4.5 million through each of the subsequent three seasons as a piece of a six-year, $27 million deal he signed up April 2016, based on capfriendly.com.
Kadri, 28, played 10 seasons in Toronto, compiling 161 goals and 196 assists in 561 games.
“Nazem is a proven goal scorer and a ferocious competitor who performs in all scenarios,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. “He is under contract for another three seasons and will immediately fit right in as our second-line centre and improve our scoring depth.
Last season, he generated 16 goals and 28 assists in 73 games. But he had been suspended for the rest of the first round of the playoffs after cross-checking the Boston Bruins’ Jake DeBrusk through Game 2. Toronto was eliminated in Game 7 of that series.
It was the spring in a row where Kadri was suspended during the postseason. Back in April 2018, Kadri got a three-game ban for dressing Boston’s Tommy Wingels in Game 1 of a first-round series. As with the following year, the Maple Leafs lost in seven matches to the Bruins.
Barrie, 27, spent eight seasons with the Avalanche, setting 232 assists and 75 goals up. He had 14 goals and 45 assists last season.
“We would like to thank Tyson for all he has performed both on and off the ice for the Avalanche organization,” Sakic said. “He made an impact not just with his drama but together with his charitable work in the area community. …
“With the advent and development of Samuel Girard and Cale Makar, in addition to the recent draft selection of Bowen Byram, we felt it was time to move in this direction with Tyson’s contract expiring next summer.”
Kerfoot, 24, has played 157 NHL games, all at the past two seasons with the Avalanche. He had 19 goals and 24 assists as a rookie in 2017-18, then 15 goals and 27 assists in 2018-19.
Rosen, 25, appeared in four games to the Maple Leafs all the previous two seasons. He has just one NHL goal and one assist.
–Field Level Media

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