Free agent forward Nazem Kadri agreed to a seven-year, $49 million contract with the Calgary Flames, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.
Also, reports said the Flames are trading forward Sean Monahan to the Montreal Canadiens as a means to clear cap space for the deal. It is not immediately known what Calgary will receive in return for Monahan, who is entering the final season of a seven-year contract that carries a $6.375 million cap hit.
Kadri, 31, recorded career-high totals in assists (59) and points (87) to go along with 28 goals in 71 games last season with the Colorado Avalanche. He added 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 16 games in the postseason as part of the Avalanche's run to a Stanley Cup title.
Kadri played in 2021-22 in the final season of a six-year, $27 million contract.
The addition of Kadri would be the latest move in an eventful offseason for the Flames, who acquired star forward Jonathan Huberdeau, defenseman MacKenzie Weegar, prospect Cole Schwindt and a conditional first-round pick in 2025 from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Matthew Tkachuk. Huberdeau has since signed an eight-year, $84 million contract extension.
Calgary also saw star Johnny Gaudreau depart to the Columbus Blue Jackets in free agency.
Kadri has 512 points (219 goals, 293 assists) in 739 career games with the Toronto Maple Leafs (2010-19) and Avalanche (2019-22).
He was selected by the Maple Leafs with the seventh overall pick of the 2009 NHL Draft before being dealt to the Avalanche along with defenseman Calle Rosen and a third-round pick in exchange for defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward Alexander Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick on July 1, 2019.
Monahan, 27, totaled career lows in goals (eight) and points (23) in 65 games in 2021-22 before undergoing season-ending hip surgery in April.
He has 462 points (212 goals, 250 assists) in 656 career games since being selected by the Flames with the sixth overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.
--Field Level Media