The Expendable 3 - Nikolai Kulemin??

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  1. Cor

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    Is Kulemin expendable?

    With Ashton, Leivo, and D'Amigo having solid to great camps, (depending on who you are talking about) and Komarov reportadly wanting to come back to the Leafs next season, is Kulemin a guy we can deal, perhaps at the deadline or the draft?

    Would you move Kulemin and re-sign Bolland? Would you keep Kulemin and let Bolland walk?
     
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    If its either or I won't really have much of an opinion until well into the season, though it certainly appears we don't have the depth at centre to replace Bolland right now. I don't get why trading Kulemin keeps popping up again and again. He's a very servicable third-liner who can step onto the second line for stretches, plays well defensively, not absolutely brutal offensively, is a big body (could stand to be a bit more physical thought) and is not that expensive. He's exactly what you want in a checking line winger on a team with high aspirations.
     
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    It depends on how they play this season and their contract demands.

    Also if the team gets lucky and someone claims Liles of waivers they would have enough space for both imo.
     
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    Right now, no.....
     
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    with Kulemin reaching UFA next year and the really strong play of Ashton/Levio/D'Amigo, I would really not be surprised if Nonis does ends up trading him towards deadline. I think he's key for a playoff run though, so I think Nonis will let him go for cap space dollars and not fret too much about it.
     
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    Would be stupid to trade Kule.
     
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    I would keep both Kulemin and Bolland after next season, considering the cap is going to make a monster jump. I don't know why you would want to trade one of our best defensive forwards who can chip in on the offense. Seems like it would be making a trade for the sake of making a trade. Dumb.
     
  8. Ace88*

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    Kulemin is not expendable at all. As the longest-tenured Leaf by a fair margin, he knows his role, plays it to a T, doesn't complain, and works his ass off. Having some C prospects looking ok in preseason games doesn't make a veteran 2nd-3rd liner suddenly expendable. He is still a huge part of the penalty kill and we need his excellent puck hounding skills. Carlyle and Nonis have both gone on record as big fans, as well. We should be looking to extend him, not trade him. No way Nonis lets him go.
     
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    kulemin is such a frustrating player, has tons of physical gifts yet he looks like he's out to lunch 90% of the time.
     
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    Maybe at the deadline if it looks like we can't resign him (cap) and someone in the AHL is playing really well...
     
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    Keep Kulemin and Bolland, trade Clarkson
     
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    He's still miles ahead of his replacements. He's got great speed and is a monster on the backcheck. Can't really think of a reason why we'd want that gone :huh: Every team wants a guy like Kule.

    Bolland on the other hand...well I just haven't seen it from him yet. He's looked really unimpressive in his limited games so far, but clearly now's not the time to make that call.

    $5M per over 7 years, he's not going anywhere.
     
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    I think Kulemin might be gone, and I for some reason can see Columbus or the oilers being a good destination for him.
     
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    He'd be a good fit in Edmonton, but I think Pitt pushes hard for him... actually, they probably already have at some point.
     
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    Bolland or Kuli... one of them will be gone next year. Leivo, D'Amigo (whoever can take face offs) will hopefully be ready to step up.
     
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    I think that's just the most obvious answer but I'd say other teams might have real strong interest in him and for some reason I think those two would be a good idea.
     
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    lol

    More accurately, he's eating people's lunch out there 90% of the time.

    I can't wait to see the negative impact of trading Kulemin and watch the fan base blame it on someone.
     
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    No. Not even close.
     
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    I think so, he's really been awful in the preseason, weak on the puck, falls over like a child and poor positionaly.
     
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    Trading your best defensive forward - and one of the best defensive forwards in the league - when your biggest flaw is team defense? Stupid.
     
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    No way in hell. Kulemin is a keeper, long term.
     
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    I'm not moving Kulemin because Komarov might wanna come back..
     
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    What do you mean? He's one of the hardest-working players on the team :huh:
     
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    letting him go would be a huge mistake unless he's unhappy
     

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