Nikolai Kulemin re-signs in Toronto for two years

Ryan Fancey
July 20 2012 07:00AM

According to Darren Dreger, the Leafs have signed Kulemin to a new two year deal worth $2.8 million per season.

After going ice cold for the 2011-12 campaign, Kulemin still managed to get a raise from his expiring $2.35 million dollar hit over the last two years.

However, if you look at his entire body of work over the past two seasons, which included a break out offensively in 2010-11, it's tough to argue this contract. The cap hit is peanuts, and Kulemin's a legit NHLer who's responsible on both sides of the puck for the most part. I like it.

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"Zone-adjusted Corsi" and the Magnificent John-Michael Liles

Cam Charron
July 19 2012 02:47PM

I don't necessarily intend to use this space to write savage things about Jake Gardiner, but due to the limited number of young Toronto Maple Leafs' defencemen who can potentially crack a major league roster this season, expectations may be too high for the kid.

Grading offence isn't too hard to do. Usually, you can look at a player's goal totals and determine how good they are in the offensive zone. Defence is a little more suspect, however. How can you grade how good a player is defensively? You could use many things, to how many minutes a player is used on defence, or in what role a player is used by who his coach matches him up against.

It doesn't give you an exact answer, though. How good is somebody like, say, Jake Gardiner at playing defence? How successful does he, or will, he, make the Leafs?

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July 19 2012 02:29PM

This second nerd camp update is about successful youth: Mini Daddy - featured above - and Mark Zuckerberg as you will see shortly. It is NOT about your local squadon's efficient penalty killing or the fact that Shea Weber is now richer than Zuckerberg and Mini Daddy combined. You have been warned before making the jump.

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Jason Gregor
July 19 2012 01:02PM

Shea Weber is smiling knowing that he will make $110 million for the remainder of his NHL career. That's some pretty sweet financial security for Weber, but I wonder what Preds' GM David Poile is thinking right now?

Does he match or take four first-round picks?

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Paying the right price for goaltenders

Cam Charron
July 19 2012 04:48AM

Tomas Vokoun, not a Toronto Maple Leaf

One of the most worrying things about cheering for an NHL team is the feeling that, out of nowhere, the organization will make a horrific trade, handicapping the team's future for minimal return. That's not exactly the case in Toronto, as it was a series of moves made by the two previous regimes that left Brian Burke in a tight spot, none that really concentrated on prospects or the league heading to a salary cap system. JP Nikota looked at that in some detail yesterday.

Overpaying for players is a pretty sensitive issue for the Leafs and their fans. Particularly when their star player was brought over for a fairly expensive price tag, the last thing this team needs is to pay the premium the Vancouver Canucks want for Roberto Luongo or another goaltender and have them disappoint in Toronto because you really can't predict goaltending.

But this morning we'll do just that. I want to look a bit at recent goalie movement, as well as the price and success of bringing a goalie to a new team.

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