The dog days of summer have arrived, and the quietest month of the hockey calendar is often August. The Detroit Red Wings still have some unfinished business. Never mind the Nazem Kadri rumors that persist.
Both Filip Zadina and Jake Walman have contracts to sign. Walman waits for arbitration. All has been quiet on the Zadina front, who doesn’t have arbitration rights. It will likely be a modest raise from his entry-level deal, as the 22-year-old forward is still figuring things out.
Forget the Red Wings. Islanders Apparently Have the Best Shot at Kadri
New York Hockey Now’s Stephan Rosner writes that now the New York Islanders are a possible destination for Kadri. But the Kadri-Islanders rumor sounds the strongest bit of news yet, with Rosner talking to a source who said “it’s not a matter of if, but when” Kadri is an Islander.
New York still has some tidying up of its own to do with its own cap. Every team linked to Kadri is in a similar situation of some kind, be it too many on the roster, or a lack of cap space. The watch is on, but the Red Wings seem even less likely now.
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