Pens eyeing Kulemin
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02-07-2013, 12:12 PM
Join Date: Aug 2005
Originally Posted by
We've seen this before.
Oh ye of little faith.
Seriously, I don't envy the position Nonis is in with Kulemin.
You'd like to use him as centerpiece for a high end talent, but those days ended 18 months ago. Right now, he's no more than the third best piece in a deal like that.
Kuli could have a better statistical season, but whatever improvement there would be in his value by next fall as a result goes down because he'd be an impending UFA next fall.
He's worth more to the Leafs now than they can get in a trade. But, is he worth 3M a year after next year?
THAT is the trick for Nonis. Not is he a valuable player to the Leafs. But, what will it cost to keep him, what is the organizational value of player and cost, and even how do you define that value (in a two year or say four year window). There are a lot of variables for him to consider beyond the here and now.
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