March 11 2015 09:08AM
Nazem Kadri made international news this weekend by not showing up on time to a hastily scheduled meeting the morning following a loss. This lead to him being sent home, getting scratched for Monday's game, and his public acknowledgment of how he was sorry.
This morning Brendan Shanahan, addressed the media in a hallway scrum to let the world know that it goes much deeper than this one incident, and that Kadri will sit for an additional two games.
Shanahan says Kadri will sit out two more games... says there's been a history of poor decisions— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 11, 2015
Shanahan says this is a key moment in Kadri's career... he needs to look at the mirror and decide where he wants career to go— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 11, 2015
Shanahan refuses to go into details on Kadri's past ... has instructed players not to comment on the situation— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 11, 2015
Without further information I'm sure speculation on Kadri's issues will dominate the news cycle for the next few days, but if there are personal issues that need to be worked out I hope they are addressed privately and with the full support of the organization.
As for the on ice product, this certainly benefits the Leafs tanking capability as they go up against the Sabres tonight, and could benefit the Flames on Friday as they push for a playoff spot.
This probably commits us to a summer of Kadri trade rumours and the likelihood of this story going away anytime soon is nil, so check TLN for regular updates.