Nikolai Kulemin Signs For Two Years
The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they have signed forward Nikolai Kulemin to a two-year deal. Under the terms of the deal Kulemin will earn a reported $2.8 million in 2012-13 and $3.0 million in 2013-14 for a total of $5.8 million over two-years.
Originally drafted in the second round (44th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Kulemin, has registered 68 goals and 84 assists through 303 career games with the Maple Leafs for a total of 152 points.
Widely regarded as one of the teams best two-way players, Kulemin had a tough time finding the net last season, finishing with just seven goals after lighting the lamp a total of 30 times in 2010-11.
At 26-years of age, Kulemin still has plenty of upside and if given the chance to continue to play on the second line should easily hit the 20-goal mark again in 2012-13.
When you consider some of the wacky deals that are being signed around the NHL, Kulemin’s $5.8 million contract over two-years seems like a reasonable amount for a top-six forward, regardless of last season’s struggles.
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is also said to be closing in on a deal for Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier, with a roster player and a draft choice or prospect heading the other way.
The Toronto Sun speculated that Matt Frattin might be the roster player heading to Los Angeles.
Until next time,