Nazem Kadri could face suspension for throat-slash gesture


The Leafs’ centre depth could get worse before it gets better. In the first period of tonight’s “worst game ever” against the Calgary Flames, a heated Nazem Kadri responded to Flames captain Mark Giordano with some choice words and a throat-slash gesture.


The reaction came after a crushing hit by Giordano, which appeared to be clean, but Kadri felt otherwise. Kadri slowly headed to the bench shaking his head in disgust, before slamming the door and beginning to scream at Giordano. We can’t say for sure what he said here, but “you’re f***ing done/dead” appears to be the accepted estimation. 

This isn’t Kadri’s first incident that involved cursing and a gesture like this though it is his first in the NHL. During semi-finals of the 2010 World Junior Hockey Championships, Kadri gave a similar scream-and-slice to future Minnesota Wild forward Nino Niederreiter and refused to shake his hand after the game. There was initial speculation that the reaction came in response to Nino crossing the line with an offensive chirp, but Kadri later said that Niederreiter’s statement wasn’t over-the-top and that he was the one who crossed the line. Six years later, and history repeats itself in a slightly different way.


The league has dealt with situations like this before, but they’ve never quite amounted to much. Peter Worrell was given a warning in 2000, and Nick Boynton received a single game for his variant in 2010. Discipline, on the whole has gotten tougher in the past few years, however, so there remains a chance that Kadri misses some time.

If he does, and Tyler Bozak doesn’t free himself of his current ailment soon, the team might spend some time with Nick Spaling as their first line centre. That’s great news for the tank, but at the same time, horrible news for anybody hoping to get even a glimmer of excitement out of those games. A team can only be so gutted out before the losing brings no emotion other than pity.

  • BarelyComments

    Seems unlikely to be a suspension, a warning would be sufficient, a fine if they feel like it’s a real problem. He didn’t cause anyone harm and was angry after a questionable hit, additionally he didn’t behave recklessly on the ice afterwards which should help his case.

        • Harte of a Lion

          @jimithy

          Kadri knows you can’t expect to get checked when your reputation says you’re a waffle. But waffles are always soft in the head. Everybody knows that, except you know who. Kadri has to be rid of. With Reilly in tow.

          I thought I clicked on the English language board, then I woke up and realized… I did.

    • TGT23

      he has a history with the league and suspensions so i wouldn’t be shocked if he’s suspended one game. other players have been in the past. it’s 50-50 right now.

      • Gary Empey

        Jay well said indeed. Just when you think he is maturing he goes back to his W.W.E. moves. He is a marked man with his previous suspensions and his perception of being a diver.

        As I’ve said before he is basically a third line center on most good teams. He is some one management should consider moving.

  • jimithy

    Kadri knows you can’t expect to get checked when your reputation says you’re a waffle. But waffles are always soft in the head. Everybody knows that, except you know who. Kadri has to be rid of. With Reilly in tow.

  • Harte of a Lion

    What a load of rubbish! It’s OK to punch eachother in the face but gestures oh no no no thats not allowed?
    The all blacks used to have the exact same gesture in the haka, I didn’t see anyone lose their minds over that.

  • TGT23

    Yeah… I don’t care about this. Anyone getting worked up is clearly just wrong. There are so many more and much worse threats in the course of any given game. This was just caught on camera. Nothing to see here.