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01-22-2010, 03:28 PM
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Kulemin To Join Russian Olympic Team

I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere, but awesome news if/when it gets confirmed.

From the Toronto Sun:

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On a positive note, a Russian website is reporting Nikolai Kulemin is going to the Olympic Games in Vancouver.

It hasn't been officially announced yet but according to infox.ru Alexei Kovalev, Alexander Frolov, Sergei Zubov will join Kulemin will be named to the Team Russia roster.
http://www.torontosun.com/sports/hoc.../12576921.html

Congrats Nikolai!

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?id=11009

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Nikolai Kulemin was added to Russia's Olympic hockey roster.- TSN


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I thought you couldn't change the roster after submitting it? Or are they considered the Taxi squad?

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Good for him, bad for us.

The price increases every game.

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You can change guys, as long as they have been on the drug testing schedule (which I believe is the 60 or so you named earlier). At the very least, you can replace due to injury.

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congrats to him then. Maybe he can get Malkin going again

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Good for him, bad for us.

The price increases every game.
He's not even on pace for 40 points. There won't be trouble keeping him.

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I thought you couldn't change the roster after submitting it? Or are they considered the Taxi squad?
There's been some debate on what changes could be made after the naming of the "rosters" in late December.

The NHL was of the belief that changes could only be made prior to the Games if there was an injury, but I believe the rules were too vague and they do actually allow teams to modify their rosters for any reason prior to Feb. 15th (or whatever the date is to name an absolute final roster).

What I do know for sure is that there is no "taxi squad's" this year.

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He's not even on pace for 40 points. There won't be trouble keeping him.
Hagman scored 40 points and got rewarded with $3 million.

Armstrong is a 40 point player making $2.4 million.

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Hagman scored 40 points and got rewarded with $3 million.

Armstrong is a 40 point player making $2.4 million.
Difference is Hagman scored 27 goals thus deserving a 3 million dollar deal. Colby Armstrong has a good defensive game and had a career year. I wouldn't be surprised to see Kulemin sign for anwhere between 1.5-2.5

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Good for kulemin, hopefully playing with KHL guys wont entice him to back to the motherland.

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He's not even on pace for 40 points. There won't be trouble keeping him.
More exposure =

KHL offers could be ridiculous.

An NHL team can offer under 3 million and give up a 2nd round pick as compensation.

Considering our team is weak, we can't stand to lose our better/improving players. Especially for unknown future picks or nothing at all.

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Let's not overlook the fact that Russia just got even better (Kulemin being on the bottom of that list). That's a lot of talent they added to an already uber-talented roster.

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Good to hear Zubov must be having a good year, unless he was just picked as being a huge name.

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Kulemin. The only player worth cheering for on the Russian team. I really dislike most players on this team. Congrats Kulemin!

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Awesome

I recall suggesting that both Kulemin and Gustavson had a chance at making to the Olympics, and was promptly ridiculed.

Stick it

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Russian barely have any defensive forwards they're nuts not to bring Kulemin as a bottom-6 guy.

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Awesome

I recall suggesting that both Kulemin and Gustavson had a chance at making to the Olympics, and was promptly ridiculed.

Stick it
Uhh almost everyone knew Gustavsson was a lock for the Olympics. Sweden doesn't have too many alternatives and he was stellar in SEL.

I doubt Kulemin will even play. Didn't Russia already submit their roster? I thought they can't make changes unless someone gets hurt. I don't understand what the Russia is trying to pull.


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That is because he dominates all.

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I would like to see him on a shutdown like with Datsyuk. That'd be nice.

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I doubt Kulemin will even play. Didn't Russia already submit their roster? I thought they can't make changes unless someone gets hurt. I don't understand what Russian is trying to pull.
Final rosters don't have to be named until Feb. 15th. In fact, Russia plans to send 29 players to Vancouver and literally determine their roster at the 11th hour.

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Russia will have a whopping 32 players, including a reserve of six KHLers and three NHLers (Kulemin, Kovalev, Frolov). The extra KHLers will mainly serve for practising purposes before the NHL releases its players. The odds are slim of Nik getting to play, but who knows what can happen.

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If this is indeed true, then congratulations are in order for Nikolai. If not, then I don't think there is anything to worry about.

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Let's not overlook the fact that Russia just got even better (Kulemin being on the bottom of that list). That's a lot of talent they added to an already uber-talented roster.
and Canada could have Toews or Richards on its 4th line.

Russia's downfall (not winning gold) will be from its defence and goaltending. I just hope they put Nabakov in as the #1 with that defence core. As a person who watchs the Sharks the most often after the Leafs Nabakov is very overrated. That SJ team plays very good team defence and dont give up a ton of prime scoring chances. Nabakov comes up short more often then not in big games and he gives up goals that totally break the teams confidence. Thornton and Marleau have recieved the brunt of the blame for the recent playoffs failures but Nabakov should recieve just as much as his play has been very underwhelming in big games.

I just dont see a defence that consists of having the likes of Tyutin, Volchenkov, Denis Grebeshkov, Ilya Nikulin and Konstantin Korneyev being able to shutdown high powered offences like Canada or Sweden. I'f I was a Russian fan right now the defence and goaltending would be a big concern. Everyone knows about the forwards but this is a totally underwhelming blueline and I'd rather have Bryzgalov as my #1 then Nabakov but I doubt that happens.

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Final rosters don't have to be named until Feb. 15th. In fact, Russia plans to send 29 players to Vancouver and literally determine their roster at the 11th hour.
I don't think that's right. TSN had a story about Hockey Canada asking the IOC for clarification and they said the official deadline was December 31 with the only changes allowed afterwards being injury replacements.

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He was chosen as part of the taxi squad....it's unlikely he's actually play.

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