Report: Contract talks between Maple Leafs, Kulemin are 'limited'

by Jun 24, 2:36 PM

Representatives of unrestricted free agent Nikolai Kulemin are reportedly preparing to find the two-way forward a new employer, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston

The Toronto Maple Leafs have engaged in "limited" discussion with Kulemin regarding a contract extension, indicating that his tenure with the club is coming to a close after six seasons, per the report.

Kulemin has been relegated further into a checking capacity and unable to replicate his 30-goal campaign of 2010-11. He has 39 goals in the four years since. 

The 27-year-old's offensive game further spiraled this season, when he registered a career-low 20 points. 

Johnston notes that Kulemin believes he "has more to give offensively" if given the opportunity, which he appears set on pursuing. 

Jun 30, 9:30 PM

Kulemin's agent: 'Obviously the Penguins are very interested, but other teams like him too'

by Jun 30, 9:30 PM
Jean-Yves Ahern / USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Penguins remain interested in securing the services of free agent forward Nikolai Kulemin on July 1; according to Josh Yohe of TribLIVE, "general manager Jim Rutherford - along with numerous people on his staff - possesses a high opinion of the 27-year-old forward."

Kulemin's agent, Gary Greenstin, confirmed Monday that he has spoken with the Penguins on several occasions about his client.

“Obviously the Penguins are very interested,” Greenstin said. “But other teams like him, too.”

A key factor in this potential acquisition is Kulemin's close relationship with star center Evgeni Malkin, with whom he played in the KHL and on Russia's national team.

“They always play well together,” Greenstin said. “Pittsburgh knows this.”

With Malkin's old running mate James Neal off to Nashville, the Penguins seem likely to make a hard push for Kulemin's services on Tuesday.

Jun 29, 8:04 AM

Report: Penguins targeting Kulemin to play alongside Malkin

by Jun 29, 8:04 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have their sights set on a winger that can play with Evgeni Malkin. That winger is unrestricted free-agent Nikolai Kulemin.

Kulemin, a lifetime Toronto Maple Leafs forward, played through a two-year, $5.6 million contract and is unlikely to strike a deal with the Leafs before he becomes a free agent July 1st.

From Josh Yohe of triblive:

Malkin lost his preferred linemate Friday when the Penguins traded right winger James Neal to Nashville. Hours after the trade, Rutherford said he would try to “satisfy” Malkin through free agency... The Penguins intend to aggressively pursue their targets.

Yohe reports Kulemin and Malkin are best friends and the move seems imminent.