All that taunting that Nazim Kadri and the islanders came close to agreeing on turned to just that: taunts.
Kadri, who has been associated with the islands for many summers, is not connected to the islands. The star center will sign for seven years at $7 million per season, according to Sportnet hockey analyst Elliott Friedman.
Calgary is dealing Sean Monahan to the Canadiens to clear cap space, TSN reports.
If the Islanders were to lock in on Cadre, they would probably have to offload the salary elsewhere, perhaps sending Josh Bailey or Anthony Beauvillier into exile.
The Post’s Ethan Sears recently wrote that Kadri may not be a perfect fit for islanders because the islands are fairly centrally located and capped. But after missing the playoffs in 2022, big changes and moves were expected from team president Lou Lamoriello.
Before Kadri there were Johnny Gaudreau (Blue Jackets) and Matthew Tkachuk (Panthers), chasing stars who showed interest in the Isles but ended up elsewhere.
Kadri, 31, led the Avalanche in points (87) and assists with 59 last season as the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup. He scored seven goals in 16 playoff games with Colorado.