TORONTO - Contract negotiations between the Maple Leafs and winger Nikolai Kulemin could get a little sticky, if they haven’t already.
Kulemin’s agent, Gary Greenstin, was somewhat cryptic in a recent interview, saying “we’ll see what happens” in talks with the Leafs, but emphasized that Kulemin wants to remain in Toronto.
Two years ago, the sides went long and hard at each other before hammering out a new deal.
Kulemin, Matt Frattin, Cody Franson and Ben Scrivens are restricted free agents and have received qualifying offers.
The Leafs have two players — Joey Crabb and Jay Rosehill — facing unrestricted free agency on July 1. Whether they are signed remains to be seen, and David Nonis, the Leafs’ senior vice-president of hockey operations, did not return an e-mail message on Sunday.
Yeah, it's a good move, Ott had more points than Kulemin last year, to go along with the style Burke wants, and Morrow had 2 less points with 13 less games played than Kulemin, along with leadership and the style Burke wants
He was the Leafs' leading scorer in the 1963–64, 1966–67 and 1969–70 seasons, and the team's top goal scorer in 1970–71 and 1972–73. Keon was considered one of the fastest skaters in the NHL, and one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He would usually play against the opposing team's top centre, and developed a reputation for neutralizing some of the league's top scorers. In 1970–71, he scored eight shorthanded goals, setting an NHL record.
Give him a short term deal similar to what he's making now. Essentially give him a 2nd chance to prove that last season was an anomaly, while at the same time not risking too much if it turns into a pattern.