DENVER The Colorado Avalanche shook up the roster on the first day of NHL Free Agency. They started the day by retaining Colin Wilson and signing two free agents, but the big news came later on when they traded Tyson Barrie and Alexander Kerfoot to Toronto.
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The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced Monday that the team has acquired forward Nazem Kadri, defenseman Calle Rosen and a third-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward Alexander Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
Kadri, 28, has spent his entire career with Toronto after being selected by the organization in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in 73 regular-season games with the Maple Leafs this past season and registered 44 points (16g/28a), tied for fifth on the team in points, ranked fifth in assists and tied for third in power-play markers (4). He added two points (1g/1a) in two contests during the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The 6-foot, 192-pound center has totaled 357 points (161g/196a) in 561 regular-season outings and has tallied 10 points (3g/7a) in 19 total playoff games. Kadri compiled consecutive 30-goal seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18, reaching a career high with 32 tallies in each campaign to rank seventh among NHL centers during that time frame (64). Kadri and Auston Matthews, who also scored 30+ goals in each of those years, were the first Maple Leafs to record back-to-back 30-goal campaigns since Phil Kessel did it during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.
“We would like to thank Tyson for all he has done both on and off the ice for the Avalanche organization,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He certainly made an impact not only with his play but with his charitable work in the local community. We would also like to thank Alexander for his two seasons, as he helped our turnaround in making the playoffs the last two years.”
“With the arrival and emergence of Samuel Girard and Cale Makar, as well as the recent draft pick of Bowen Byram, we felt it was time to move in this direction with Tyson’s contract expiring next summer,” added Sakic.
“Nazem is a proven goal scorer and a fierce competitor who plays in all situations,” continued Sakic. “He is under contract for the next three seasons and will immediately fit right in as our second-line center and improve our scoring depth. Calle is a young defenseman with upside who has played in the AHL and has also seen some NHL time over the last two years.”
Kadri split his first three seasons of professional hockey between the Maple Leafs and Toronto’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, accumulating 107 points (43g/64a) in 119 career AHL regular-season games and adding 10 points (3g/7a) in 11 playoff appearances.
The London, Ontario, native played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2006-10, recording 258 points (92g/166a) in 242 career contests with the Kitchener Rangers and the London Knights. He added 76 points (27g/49a) in 55 total OHL postseason outings and helped the Rangers win the J. Ross Robertson Cup as league champions in 2008. He served as an alternate captain during the 2009-10 campaign and was named to the OHL All-Star team, earning OHL Second All-Star Team honors at the end of the season. Kadri made his NHL debut that year, appearing in his first contest on Feb. 8, 2010 vs. San Jose.
Internationally, Kadri represented his country at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, registering eight points (3g/5a) in six games to help Canada capture the silver medal. He tallied three points (0g/3a) in eight games for Team Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Championship.
Rosen, 25, has split the last two seasons in the Toronto organization, helping the Marlies win the 2018 Calder Cup as AHL champions. He recorded 46 points (7g/39a) in 54 games during the 2018-19 season, finishing tied for seventh among league defensemen in scoring. The 6-foot-1, 186-pound blueliner suited up in four games for the Leafs this past season and scored his first NHL goal in his season debut on April 1 at the New York Islanders.
Signed by Toronto as a free agent on May 16, 2017, Rosen has recorded two points (1g/1a) in eight career NHL games and has totaled 68 points (11g/57a) in 116 career AHL contests. He has 12 points (6g/6a) in 23 total AHL postseason appearances.
A Vaxjo, Sweden, native, Rosen spent parts of five seasons playing professionally in Sweden for the Vaxjo Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League and Rogle BK and Karlskrona HK in Allsvenskan, the second-highest professional league in the Swedish ice hockey system.
Barrie, 27, was Colorado’s third-round pick (64th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft and played 484 games over parts of eight seasons with the team. He departs as the Avalanche’s all-time franchise leader in goals (75), assists (232) and points (307) by a defenseman. Kerfoot, 24, signed with Colorado as a free agent on Aug. 24, 2017 and totaled 85 points (34g/51a) in 157 NHL games with the Avalanche.