Wisdom prevails, Kadri pulled

MORRIS DALLA COSTA, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:57 AM ET

Nazem Kadri's dentist ended any debate before it even started on whether he would play in the Euro Can Cup.

Kadri, a London Knight and first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will not suit up for the London Knights and their alumni for the four-team tournament that begins today at the John Labatt Centre.

Kadri's participation was put into doubt last week when Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke stated his surprise at Kadri's participation during a radio interview.

Burke was asked if Kadri was a "safe bet" to participate in the Sept. 17 exhibition game against Philadelphia at the JLC. Burke misunderstood and thought the question was about Kadri playing in the Euro Can Cup.

"Not, not a safe bet," Burke said. "I don't know anything about the event. The first I heard about it was (Wednesday), which is very annoying. I don't know any details, what kind of insurance they have for the players, what charities are involved. It's not a safe bet. We're trying to get information quickly."

As it turns out, Kadri made a visit to his dentist's office Thursday and was told he would have to have his wisdom teeth removed.

"He's not playing in the Euro Can Cup," said Kadri's agent Brian MacDonald. "What happened was Brian was on Leafs Lunch (radio show). I had sent him some communication that Nazem was invited to play in the Euro Can Cup. They wanted more information from me about details."

The decision was an easy one after that, even though losing Kadri takes a marquee player out of the tournament lineup.

"Nazem was leaving late next week to go to Toronto camp," MacDonald said. "We talked to Toronto and we agreed that it was important for him to get his wisdom teeth pulled this week so at least he can recuperate in time for the Toronto camp. So there was really no decision whether Toronto supported (playing in the Euro Can Cup) or not. It became a different decision."

As for whether Kadri will play in the exhibition game in London, Burke said, "(That's a) safe bet."


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