Leafs’ Nazem Kadri Fined For Throat-Slash Gesture

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri was fined the maximum amount ($5,000) allowed under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement for his throat-slash gesture during Tuesday’s game at Calgary.

Kadri made the gesture toward Mark Giordano after a body check from the Calgary Flames’ captain. The body check was clean but a explosive and Kadri was visibly furious after the hit. Multiple replays showed Kadri making the throat-slashing gesture towards Giordano.

“Sometimes you make mistakes,” Kadri told reporters. “It was an emotional reaction. I was in a vulnerable position. Sometimes you have to take a hit and act in a professional manner.” Kadri also said that he didn’t even “remember really doing [it].”

“I was kind of in and out a little bit after that hit. Just furious. It was an emotional reaction, and that’s about it,” Kardi said.

When Leafs’ coach Mike Babcock was asked about the incident, he had this to say: “I thought it was a good hit. He got upset and got carried away for a second. You can’t do that, [but] he did. That’s over with and you move on. No harm done.”

According to reports, Kadri did undergo concussion protocol during the game and was cleared to return to the ice.

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