Tensions Rise Between Nazem Kadri And Darryl Sutter in Calgary

Julien Trekker
March 21, 2023  (1:40 PM)

As the season began, the Calgary Flames and numerous NHL analysts believed that Brad Treliving had astonishingly saved the team from complete disaster. Following the loss of Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, Treliving enlisted Nazem Kadri, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Mackenzie Weegar to fill the void. The Flames were anticipated to be among the Pacific Division's top contenders.

Rather than competing for dominance in the Pacific Division, the Flames now find themselves outside of the playoff contention. At present, they are four points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the final Wild Card spot.
Throughout the season, numerous reports have surfaced from Calgary, suggesting ongoing friction between players and Head Coach Darryl Sutter.
Earlier this year, Allan Walsh, Jonathan Huberdeau's agent, publicly criticized Sutter's coaching methods when Sutter told the media that Huberdeau was "taking a shit" while the forward was actually receiving treatment for an injury.
It appears another recent addition to the Flames is struggling with the team's Head Coach.

Tensions Rise Between Nazem Kadri And Darryl Sutter in Calgary

After the Flames' 3-2 loss to the Dallas Stars, Elliotte Friedman reported that tensions had reached a breaking point for Nazem Kadri.
Nazem Kadri has been forthright about his observations in Calgary this season and the reasons behind the team's lackluster performance.

He's been candid about the communication breakdown between players and the coach.

Frustration peaked on Saturday night.
Kadri's irritation grew when he was sidelined for most of the third period and all of overtime.
Kadri had been previously labeled as problematic for teams, though he managed to shake off that reputation last season with the Avalanche. This situation raises the question: Is Kadri simply unhappy with a coach holding him accountable, or is he reverting to the days when he was deemed a "liability" in Toronto?