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Sounds like a two-year settlement coming for Nik Kulemin— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 20, 2012
$2.8 aav for Kulemin on 2 year deal with Toronto.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 20, 2012
from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,
While Leafs coach Ron Wilson called the altercation a fight, some of Kulemin’s teammates didn’t see the match-up between one player who had never fought before and another with 33 NHL fighting majors as being all that clear cut.
“I was disgusted with that,” Kulemin’s linemate Clarke MacArthur said. “There’s certain match-ups on the ice and I don’t care what [Gleason] says, you know when you’re in the right match-up. A guy like Kulemin’s never been a guy to fight and Gleason does it a lot. He knows better than that.”...
“I thought it was a pretty cheap shot on Kulie there,” defenceman Tomas Kaberle said. “Obviously [Gleason] got his penalties and a game misconduct, but ... It’s tough when you don’t expect it. There was a scrum going on beside him and he didn’t expect the guy to punch him. That’s the way it goes sometimes. We haven’t seen a replay very well so it’s something we’ll look at afterwards.”
At the end of the 1st period in tonight’s game…
20:00 Carolina Tim Gleason: 5 minutes, fighting
20:00 Carolina Joni Pitkanen: 2 minutes, holding
20:00 Toronto Mikhail Grabovski: 2 minutes, roughing
20:00 Carolina Tim Gleason: 10 minutes, game misconduct
20:00 Toronto Nikolai Kulemin: 2 minutes, roughing
The Toronto Maple Leafs locked up one of their top six forwards on Friday, signing winger Nikolai Kulemin to a two-year, $4.7 million contract.
Kulemin, 23, scored 16 goals and 36 points in 78 games in 2009-10.
Taken 44th overall by the Maple Leafs in 2006, the Russian forward has 31 goals and 67 points in 151 games.