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Nikolai Kulemin | Winger

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
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Nikolai Kulemin has made a good first impression in New York with his defensive efforts.
"He's so strong on the puck, along the wall, he's relentless," linesmate Frans Nielsen said of Kulemin. "It's a great guy to have on your line and on the team." Josh Bailey has also been part of that line, which was frequently used to counter Carolina's top scoring unit on Saturday. Kulemin noted that his linemates, Nielsen and Bailey, are both talented offensively, so he doesn't see himself as part of a pure checking unit. They did combine for the game-winning goal on Saturday. Oct 13 - 10:36 AM

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Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski's agent looked for a team that could take on both during the off-season.

Kulemin and Grabovski enjoyed their time together in Toronto and when both became unrestricted free agents on July 1, their agent, Gary Greenstin, looked for a team that could use both players and got lucky with the Islanders. "It's always tough to come to a new team for me," Grabovski said. "I'm kind of a shy guy, so it's not easy. It's easier with Nikolai here, too. My closest friend in NHL -- our wives are friends, our kids. I feel more comfortable with him around." The Islanders are looking for big years from both but they may be unrealistic if they think that Kulemin can return to the 30 goal season from four seasons ago. He is more in line for 15-18 this season and as such should not be drafted in most fantasy pools at this time.
Sep 27 - 9:50 AM

The New York Islanders' move to Brooklyn appears to have been part of Nikolai Kulemin's willingness to sign with the team.

"I think it's going to be great to get a new building. It's going to be a good experience to play there," he said when asked if he was excited about the move. "I know a lot of Russian people live in the Brooklyn area, so it'll be a good experience for us and maybe a lot of Russia fans will start going to the games." He inked a four-year deal with the Islanders and the team is expected to cal Barclays Center in Brooklyn home for the 2015-2016 season.
Jul 5 - 5:18 PM

Nikolai Kulemin has agreed to a four-year, $16.75 million contract with the New York Islanders.

Kulemin is reuniting with former Maple Leafs teammate Mikhail Grabovski and it wouldn't be surprising to see them play regularly on the second line together. Kulemin is coming off of a rough season where he scored just nine goals and 20 points in 70 contests, but he has the potential to flirt with the 50-point mark in 2014-15.
Jul 2 - 5:01 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to pursue Nikolai Kulemin.

Kulemin has experience playing alongside Evgeni Malkin in the KHL and if the duo is reunited in Pittsburgh, then it will be very good for Kulemin's fantasy value. Kulemin is coming off of a rough season where he recorded just nine goals and 20 points in 70 games.
Jul 1 - 11:07 AM

Now that he has traded James Neal (to the Nashville Predators), new Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford has some salary-cap room for the purpose of pursuing free agents.

And Rutherford openly says he will try to please Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin with a free-agent acquisition. Rutherford could be alluding to Nikolai Kulemin, who has been playing with the Maple Leafs but will be allowed to test free agency on July 1. Kulemin and Malkin are close friends. "I'm not going to name any names," Rutherford said. "But we think we can get somebody who can fit."
Jun 28 - 10:11 AM

Nikolai Kulemin's agent, Gary Greenstin, described contract negotiations with the Maple Leafs as limited.

There's still time for them to pick up, but it looks like Kulemin will be allowed the test free agency on July 1. He started close to 66 percent of his shifts in the defensive end last year and ended up with a career-worst 20 points in 70 games. If he wants more of an offensive role then it might be his best interest to leave the only club he has ever played for.
Jun 24 - 4:12 PM

Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski might coordinate as unrestricted free agents this summer to make sure they sign with the same team.

Kulemin and Grabovski spent five seasons together with the Maple Leafs before Grabovski was bought out and he signed a one-year deal with Washington. That contributes to the idea that Kulemin won't re-sign with Toronto. It doesn't help that Kulemin was also unhappy with the fact that he got next to no power-play ice time in 2013-14.
Apr 25 - 1:58 PM

Nikolai Kulemin's agent, Gary Greenstin, had informal talks with director of hockey operations Dave Poulin and assistant GM Claude Loiselle on Monday.

Kulemin can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. His current deal carries an annual average value of $2.8 million, but he's unlikely to make that same amount once that agreement expires. Kulemin has played all 415 of his career contest with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 1 - 8:43 AM

After taking Thursday off Nikolai Kulemin was on the ice for Maple Leaf practice on Friday.

He returned from Sochi late Wednesday and got the day off from Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle. Friday he skated on a line alongside Dave Bolland and Mason Raymond. Russia had a very disappointing Olympic hockey experience and the Leafs are hopeful Kulemin will be able to shake it off.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 11:24 AM

Nikolai Kulemin would "love to stay" in Toronto.

He has played all 397 games of his NHL career with the Maple Leafs. Kulemin's name has surfaced in trade rumors and he's eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer. He has been playing on the team's second line of late with Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul. Kulemin has eight goals and 16 points in 46 games.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 6 - 10:48 AM

Maple Leafs' Nikolai Kulemin scored the only Toronto goal in a devastating 7-1 loss to Dallas.

Kulemin's goal was his seventh of the campaign. Given his defensive responsibilities, he's not worth of a roster spot in fantasy leagues. Nazem Kadri and Carl Gunnarsson picked up the only assists on the marker.
Jan 24 - 12:10 AM

Nikolai Kulemin notched his third goal of the season in Thursday's loss to St. Louis.

He scored 30 goals in 2010-11 but he hasn't come close to regaining that form in his past two seasons. Kulemin has three markers and seven points in 21 contests this year.
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 08:00:00 AM

Nikolai Kulemin scored a goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over Buffalo.

Kulemin now has three points in eight games this season. He got off to a decent start this season, but things were quickly derailed by an ankle injury that kept him on the sidelines for a month.
Sun, Nov 17, 2013 11:18:00 AM

Nikolai Kulemin seemed a little rusty on his return to action Saturday night.

That's understandable since he had been out of action with an ankle injury for a month. Kulimen will likely need a few games to get his timing and conditioning back. Keep him on reserve until you see him turn the corner.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 12:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1John Tavares
2Mikhail Grabovski
3Frans Nielsen
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3Cory Conacher
4Eric Boulton
5Brock Nelson
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Nikolai Kulemin
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Johnny Boychuk
3Nick Leddy
4Calvin De Haan
5Travis Hamonic
6Thomas Hickey
7Matt Carkner
8Brian Strait
9Matt Donovan
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Chad Johnson