Nazem Kadri was available on the free-agent market for six weeks before signing with the Calgary Flames, but it appears he was not without offers during that time.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun wrote Wednesday in the Athletic that Kadri "is believed to have turned down a six-year offer from another club worth $8.5 million AAV pretty early in free agency."

LeBrun adds that Kadri made the decision based on the fit with the potential team. The 31-year-old eventually joined the Flames on a seven-year, $49 million contract, carrying an average annual value of $7 million. In order to add the free-agent centre, the Flames had to clear cap space, dealing centre Sean Monahan and his $6.375 million cap hit, along with a conditional first-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens.