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06-24-2012, 10:22 PM
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Nikolai Kulemin talks could get testy

TORONTO - Contract negotiations between the Maple Leafs and winger Nikolai Kulemin could get a little sticky, if they haven’t already.

Kulemin’s agent, Gary Greenstin, was somewhat cryptic in a recent interview, saying “we’ll see what happens” in talks with the Leafs, but emphasized that Kulemin wants to remain in Toronto.

Two years ago, the sides went long and hard at each other before hammering out a new deal.

Kulemin, Matt Frattin, Cody Franson and Ben Scrivens are restricted free agents and have received qualifying offers.

The Leafs have two players — Joey Crabb and Jay Rosehill — facing unrestricted free agency on July 1. Whether they are signed remains to be seen, and David Nonis, the Leafs’ senior vice-president of hockey operations, did not return an e-mail message on Sunday.

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