Report: Kadri likely out for playoffs after thumb surgery

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Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri is unlikely to return during the playoffs after undergoing surgery on his thumb, though he isn't being officially ruled out, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.

Kadri was injured in the early stages of Game 3 on Saturday after being boarded by Evander Kane. The hit from behind earned the Edmonton Oilers forward a one-game suspension.

Kadri was initially ruled out for the remainder of the Western Conference Final, which Colorado leads 3-0 and can close out with a victory Monday.

The Avalanche haven't reached the Stanley Cup Final since winning the franchise's second championship in 2001.

Kadri had a career year in 2021-22, registering 87 points in 71 games. His production carried into the postseason with six goals and eight assists in 13 contests this spring.

The 31-year-old is bound for unrestricted free agency this offseason.

Report: Kadri likely out for playoffs after thumb surgery
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