Thread: Rumor: Pens eyeing Kulemin
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02-07-2013, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by KIRK View Post
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.
It's not always about stastistics. As has been said time and time again, Kulemin is worth more to our team than his offensive stats may suggest.

And why the **** would I have faith in the Toronto Maple Leafs and their Management team? What reasons have they possibly given me to have faith? For the most part, we have been the laughing stock of the league since the previous lockout ended.

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