Thread: Rumor: Pens eyeing Kulemin
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02-06-2013, 05:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Pi View Post
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.
everyone in the league would produce more on a line with Malkin and Neal. That does not make him more enticing.

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