I think if you average his production out of the two years since signing his last contract and factor in his work ethic and commitment to defense, I think 3-3.5 mil a year is the right amount for Kuli.
He would have wanted more but the down season will probably take off about 1mil per season due to the uncertainty. He won't be signing more than 2 years though. Not until he can prove consistency.
Dallas might start to ship out more vets like Ribeiro, so maybe Morrow or Ott are on the way out
Nieuwendyk was in the Toronto organization when Kulemin started showing some promise, so maybe even with his 7 goal season, Nieuwendyk still knows his potential more than most GMs, so maybe we can move Kulemin for one of those vets, and there is our truculence, and added leadership
Kulemin will most likely be a 3rd liner this year anyway (JVR, Lupul), Ott had more points than Kulemin last year, Morrow had two less points with 13 less games played, so why not replace him with the much needed aggressive play Burke wants, and we can put Kadri there on the 3rd line, if we need some flare during parts of the season
Wouldn't mind seeing him traded tbh, JVR fills his role perfectly, but if he is willing to sign something like a 2 year 6 mil contract, I'm on board. Last season was such a wash, and it should affect his pay grade. Though I doubt that will be the case, agents always play hard ball.
I'd go $12 million for 4 years.
IMO points should be secondary importance for Kulemin. He is best 2 way player on Leafs, and would be highly sought after.
He should be told he is getting paid for his hard work, not his points. Give the kid some confindence, and he may bounce back to a 45-50 points guy. To me Kulemin is worth more then his points production, and Leafs should be rewarding that.
If he gets 40 points he's worth all of this contract proposal.
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