Nikita Zadorov takes a hard shot at his former team

TJ Tucker
May 24, 2024  (4:48 PM)

Nikita Zadorov of the Vancouver Canucks
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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nikita Zadorov didn't pull any punches when comparing hockey in Canada's three most western NHL cities

Nikita Zadorov of the Vancouver Canucks just completed his ninth season in the NHL, and while he's always been a colourful character, he's really opened up over the past few seasons, saying whatever happens to be on his mind at the time. During an end-of-season meeting with members of the media in Vancouver, Zadorov decided he would take a shot at the Calgary Flames, a team he played with for more than two seasons.
Zadorov started his media availability by telling reporters he was only there because he didn't want to be fined, in his usual deadpan way, giving very little indication of whether he's joking or actually means it.
"Zadorov, 'I'm just here so I don't get fined.' I'm expecting him to still provide the most entertaining answers today. (Other than @patersonjeff vs Fil, of course😂) #Canucks"

The conversation turned quickly to Zadarov's thoughts on playing in Vancouver after he requested, and was granted a trade by the Calgary Flames in November of 2023. Zadorov, who played for the Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks in the first part of his career, praised Canada for its love of the sport. In the process, he made sure to take a swipe at the Flames.
"Hockey in Canada is different. I can compare it to Calgary, but the Vancouver fanbase is bigger. Calgary's not even the number 1 team in Alberta. #Canucks

Zadorov did something similar to the Edmonton Oilers during Vancouver second round series against the team, saying he loved Edmonton's passion for hockey, and figured it stemmed from the fact there wasn't much else to do there. In his latest interview, he was asked whether he had possibly played well enough that he had actually priced himself out of a new deal with the Canucks. He told the reporter he needs to stop listening to his colleagues in Edmonton.
"Why? How much do you think I should make."

"You've got to stop listening to Edmonton reporters."

Zadorov's current deal expires in July, which will make him an unrestricted free agent unless something can be negotiated with the Canucks before then.
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