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Ever since he was last called up, Kadri has played very well. He has had some lapses on defence, but, hey, it's the Leafs. Who hasn't?
There has been much speculation that Burke and Wilson are trying to show him off to the league to get something for him. For myself, I hate this idea. I like Kadri and what he brings to the table. He is exciting to watch; and at only 21 years old, he has years ahead of him, where he can be a consistent contributor to this team.
But if Burke finds a good deal to send Kadri away, I don't think he'll think twice. Kadri is young and, like Bozak and Kulemin, can help a rebuilding team. Lately, Kadri has shown that he can help the Leafs on any given night. But I have a feeling Burke already made up his mind last year.
There are only so many spots on this team that will open full-time in the coming years at the centre position. And unless Kadri can be a No. 1 or No. 2 centre, I can't see Burke wanting to keep him around. They have Tim Connolly, Bozack, Mikhail Grabovski, Joe Colborne and David Steckle at those positions.
Unless Kadri will take a winger position full time, those five guys may have priority over Kadri in Burke's books.