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If Kadri doesn't pan out, the Maple Leafs will find that they need to move more pieces to acquire a top tier center
The time on Nazem Kadri's trade value is slowly running out.
His name has been mentioned as trade bait for a while now.
With Kadri playing his second full season of professional hockey, he won't be considered a prospect much longer.
Once that day arrives, he'll simply be another third-line player who hasn't lived up to his potential.
It isn't out of the realm of possibility that this could happen, which means the Maple Leafs would be better off dealing him to another club and let them deal with the fact that he could be a "bust" of a seventh overall selection.
Logically, even if he does turn into a top-six forward, the Leafs won't be at a disadvantage, because moving him will be done in order to bring in an already proven elite forward. And if he should turn out to be a disappointment, the Leafs will look like geniuses for having sold him high.
It doesn't seem like trading him while he still commands a hefty price presents any negatives for Toronto.