Pens eyeing Kulemin
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02-06-2013, 05:14 PM
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oh so we should give you guys good value for him, not because of production, but because he is friends with Malkin?
When you are playing with Malkin and Neal, there aren't many more things than goals that are expected. We just got Boychuck for free and he's seeming to gell with them so far so I'm sure they would let this play out a little longer. Neal wasn't best friends with Malkin before he came here and he turned into a 40 goal, PPG player last year so maybe Shero has better things in mind then giving Malkin someone to hang out with.
Kulemin is one of the best defensive winger in the league. The reason why he wont get nominated for the Selke is because they also have to put up 60+ points and Selke's are usually given to centers.
Kulemin has plenty of skill, he's always first on the backcheck, even before the center, he's hard to knock off the puck, he can cycle the puck, go to the dirty areas and more.
Points aren't everything...and even then he's got 6 points in 10 games.
Why would the Pens be interested in Kulemin? Because they know what he can do.
Pittsburgh wants to buy him for cheap and turn him into a 25 goal 60 point guy that provides good defense with Malkin as his center.
Sorry but that's not going to happen. If you want a quality winger that is 26 years old, you have to give up a 1st + a good prospect.
Also, everyone seems to be forgetting, Kulemin is NOT A UFA, he's not a rental. He's got another year on his contract @ 3M and Leafs aren't the ones that have put him on the trade block...there is interest from the Pens.
The Leafs would have to be stupid to trade him for a 2nd+. Paul Gaustad returned a 1st.
With Malkin and Neal on the line, Kulemin could be putting up a lot more points because he won't get nearly as much attention from the D in the offensive zone as he does right now on the Leafs.
Also..there is interest in Kulemin, the Leafs aren't shopping him.
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