Read his lips. Nazem Kadri is threatening to murder Mark Giordano. Certainly he was caught up in the heat of the moment and isn’t really going to kill him, but as a Muslim, his cultural frame of reference is interesting. When you grow up hearing “When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks” (Qur’an 47:4) and that sort of thing, even if you’re not all that devout yourself, it’s just possible that it might be in the back of your mind.
“Nazem Kadri’s throat-slashing gesture being examined by NHL,” by Doug Harrison, CBC Sports, February 10, 2016:
A depleted Toronto Maple Leafs forward unit soon could be minus another player.
The NHL’s hockey operations department is taking a look at Nazem Kadri’s throat-slashing gesture towards Mark Giordano after the Flames defenceman dazed Kadri with a hit in the first period of Tuesday night’s 4-3 Calgary win at the Saddledome.
“There was emotion, I couldn’t tell if it was a clean hit or not,” Kadri told reporters. “I was told it was, but it certainly didn’t feel like it. It [the throat slash] is something I don’t really remember doing. I was in and out a little bit.”
“I guess it’s going to be reviewed [by the league], but it was an emotional reaction.”
The 25-year-old Kadri was disciplined for the same gesture while playing for Canada in a game against Switzerland at the 2010 world junior hockey championship.