Nazem Kadri Sent Home After Late Arrival To Team Meeting

As the Toronto Maple Leafs continue to fall further into the abyss, it was only a matter of time before there was a dressing room distraction that wasn’t “He said, she said, they retweeted”. Today at Leafs practice, Nazem Kadri was sent home by Peter Horachek.

What Happened?

The Leafs had a mandatory team meeting ahead of today’s practice, and while Kadri showed up, he didn’t arrive on time. When asked what Kadri’s reasoning was, Horachek replied with “Not prepared. Wasn’t the snow.” 

Horachek decided that as punishment, Kadri would be completely excluded from the day’s events and sent home. Further to the point, Horachek hinted that a healthy scratch could be coming up, saying that he’s available to play tomorrow, but only “If I want him”.

Does This Mean Anything?

It’s hard to say. For all we know, “not prepared” could mean “forgot to update his clocks for daylight savings”, which is something that would be both super embarrassing and super unimportant in the long run.

I don’t think that this is any indication that the Leafs and Kadri are going to have some sort of fall out, a la Evander Kane in Winnipeg. Horachek is unlikely to be around as head coach beyond the end of the spring, and wouldn’t be the right person to start up a rift. However, as someone who has always been big on accountability, he probably wants to prove that there are consequences to poor life choices. If you’re not going to build victories, you may as well build values.

  • MatsSundin#13

    send your best forward home because he was late is a sure fire tank move. nice to have you on board horachek! anyway, i think he was sent home (like evander kane) instead of fined like franson/polak because there was a meeting and it was a mandatory practice after that horrawful game. horachek is pissed and he wasn’t going to take any more sh*t. oh well, can’t wait to lose!

  • Poluza

    I wonder if Steve Simmons will write another article like the one saying that “Kessel has rubbed off his negative traits onto Bozak”, but for Kadri?

    Just kidding. Sun Media will have a field day with this one. And Kypreos. And Cherry. And…..etc

  • MatsSundin#13

    If Kadri is a healthy scratch tomorrow night, who would play center for him? Maybe Panik or Lindstrom? Without nifty Nazem the Leafs middle forwards look mighty thin.

    • MatsSundin#13

      sill as the 4th line centre probably. he’s a natural centre… lol this is a disaster. here i thought sill on the powerplay was a low point. god help this city.