Unrestricted free-agent Nazem Kadri is coming off a Stanley Cup Championship and a career-high 59 assists and 87 points through 71 regular-season games.
The 31-year-old Canadian dominated possession with a 5.1 Relative Corsi For percentage at even strength this season, and a 57.9 CF% when adjusted for score and venue.
He’s looking to cash in on his career year and is also one of the top players in this year’s UFA class.
Here are 3 potential landing spots for Kadri this offseason.
If Pittsburgh lets veteran center Evgeni Malkin walk in free agency, Kadri would be a perfect second-line center to slide in below Sidney Crosby.
It’s also a proven fit for Kadri, as he played second fiddle to Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon the past three years.
There’s a respectable forward corps in place, and the 31-year-old center also showed off his acumen with the man advantage this season with 29 power-play points.
It’s another area where Kadri could potentially seamlessly replace Malkin.
The Penguins also have the cap space to accommodate Kadri, and as long as Crosby is lacing them up, Pittsburgh will be looking to contend.