Kulemin to Pittsburgh
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07-10-2012, 12:08 PM
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Kulemin is one of the only forwards on our team who plays a good 2-way game. Plus, I don't think now would be a good time to deal him, as he's coming off a compartively bad season.
I think he can go back to a being a 15-20 g, 40-50 pt player next year.
I agree, but for that to happen he needs top 6 icetime. IF JVR plays center, then it's likely he still gets that icetime on the 2nd line. However if JVR switches to the wing, and Connolly plays as the #1 center (which he is capable, as he's really the only play making center you have), then one of Kulemin/MacA will get bumped to the 3rd line. If that's Kulemin, then I don't see him getting much more than 30/35 pts.
I don't see any way the Pens can get him unless they overpay like crazy - which Shero hasn't done in the past... And Burke seems to get decent value in trades for his players, so I don't see him giving him up cheap.
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