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03-11-2013, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Holden Caulfield View Post

Cannot say I saw this one coming at all...

Not a particular fan, but I did watch some of their games, mostly just due to Kulda. Scored a lot early, but that was never going to last. Sibir was an offense first attacking team, Kulda was about the only defensive defenseman they had. As such he played huge minutes. Finished the year top 10 in icetime, along with his partner Nikita Zaitsev. Those guy played all the tough minutes, including against NHL superstars like Malkin, Ovechkin, Datsyuk, etc. Kulda's smooth stride and nice first pass were huge on the big ice. Despite the early breakout (his 9 goals were a career high for him dating back to junior) he still will not be offensive, doesn't take chances. Safe steady defenseman. The idea with Kulda is that you will not notice him. He never makes a bad play, but rarely makes the big hit or jumps in offensively either.
What happened to his hit. I loved his crushing hits.

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