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Avalanche's Nazem Kadri says he was 'bummed out' by Maple Leafs trade

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DENVER – One day after finding it “bizarre” to watch his former team open the season, Nazem Kadri admitted he was shocked and “bummed out” to be traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1.

Even after exercising his limited no trade clause to turn down a trade to Calgary early in the summer, the 28-year-old centre said he had no idea his longtime organization had decided he’d be on the move.

“I just didn’t really get the impression I was being shopped around and my initial feeling was to stay in Toronto and that’s kind of why that situation panned out the way it did,” the Colorado Avalanche newbie said Thursday morning when asked why he nixed a trade that would have sent defenceman TJ Brodie to the Leafs.

“It was nothing against Calgary. I obviously love that city and love going there as a visiting team. I just had aspirations of staying put.”

Did he come close to becoming a Flame?

“Yes, I did – I came very close,” said Kadri who........

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