With trade winds swirling around Nazem Kadri, a result of his disappointing season and the frustration mounting over a prolonged Maple Leafs slump, he decided to take matters into his own hands. His own magic hands, as Don Cherry calls them.
Watch Kadri make reliable shutdown defenseman Alexei Emelin look foolish before threading a pass cross-ice to Cody Franson.
Kadri added another assist later, threading a perfect pass through the box on the power play to set up Mason Raymond. It was the best performance of the season for the 23-year-old.
Turns out there was a high-profile spectator on hand at the Air Canada Centre last night.
Kobe Bryant in attendance at Air Canada Centre tonight. He always attends #leafs games when the Lakers are in town.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 19, 2014
Then, after the game…
Bozak on Kadri’s big game jokingly: I think he saw that Kobe (Bryant) was at the game and he wanted to impress him, he did a good job of it.
— David Alter (@DavidAlter590) January 19, 2014
Kadri with big grin when asked about Kobe Bryant: “Maybe I can meet him somehow”
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 19, 2014