Nikolai Kulemin has been a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs since 2008. No player on the roster has been wearing the blue and white for a longer period of time, and if the player has his way, that’s the way it’ll stay.
The forward’s contract expires at the end of this season. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent, allowed to test the water and see what kind of money he can get elsewhere. Kulemin wants to remain in Toronto though. At least that’s what he recently told Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun.
Kulemin had this to say about stay a Maple Leaf, as per Koshan’s report:
I would love to stay. I like everything here. It’s the only team I have played for. I like the organization, the city, everything. We will see.
His name has been circulated in various trade rumors this season because of his affordability and potential output. Kulemin hasn’t come close to matching the 30-goal output that he had during the 2010-11 season, but he’s still on the cheaper side because of his $2.8 million cap hit.
This is speculation on our part, but a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins or Los Angeles Kings could be potential landing spots if Toronto decides to shuffle up and deal. It likely will come down to Kulemin and what his asking price is. If he’s looking for a big-time raise over what he’s making now, the Maple Leafs may look to secure other assets.
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