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January 17, 2014 | 11:02pm ET
Kadri blocking out trade talk
TheFourthPeriod.com

Trade rumors have followed Nazem Kadri since he first the Toronto Maple Leafs, but they have never been so heightened until most recently.

The Leafs say they are not actively shopping Kadri, but they have dangled him as trade bait as GM Dave Nonis looks for a top-line center.

While it appears nothing is imminent, trade speculation involving Kadri is at an all-time high, but the 23-year-old claims he isn't bothered by it.

"I learned that the first year I came here, not to pay attention to many people outside the dressing room," Kadri told TSN. "All those blogs, newspapers and people saying what they want to say, they have their own opinion, but at the end of the day I'm not hearing it."

The native of London, Ontario, has collected 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points in 45 games with the Leafs so far this season.

While he admits he can do better, he's hoping to prove to the Leafs he can do it with them.

"It'd be terrible (if I were traded)," Kadri admitted to TSN's Jonas Siegel. "I don't see it happening and I don't want it to happen. This is my home, this is where I want to be and 'til otherwise I'm going to give them everything I have."

It's unclear who the Maple Leafs are targeting, at this point, but it's known Nonis wants to improve his roster.

Kadri and defenseman Jake Gardiner are two pieces the Leafs would be willing to move, if the right offer became available.


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