WHO-lemin?: A discussion of Nikolai Kulemin, the player he is, and what he brings to a team

Steve Dangle
June 30 2014 11:15AM

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If you've ever watched my videos or listened to my podcast, you know I'm a pretty excitable guy. When I feel a certain way about sometime, I'm not exactly one for subtlety. A month months ago I had an idea for a piece where I wanted to talk about how the Leafs were absolutely nuts for even considering moving forward without Nikolai Kulemin

Perspective is a very key thing though. I'm confident in the opinions I have, but when I'm not sure I'm totally right I don't like to pretend that I am. I called up pro scout Gus Katsaros (give that guy a follow), and we had a long discussion about the man I call the Magnitogorsk Mule.

Rather than write what I had originally planned, I'm posting the full transcribed discussion with Gus. After all, this seems like it'll be Kulemin's last day as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs if all reports are correct. So Leafs fans, read this to see who the Leafs are losing and how they replace him, and Penguins fans if you're here, here's the guy you'll probably be watching next season if the rumours are true.

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Leafs Buy Out Tim Gleason

Jeff Veillette
June 30 2014 10:31AM

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In a move that frees up some much needed cap space in the final hours before free agency, the Toronto Maple Leafs have bought out the contract of Tim Gleason. It's a regular buyout that will count towards the Salary Cap for four more years.

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Nation Network recap of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft with Steve Dangle and Dimitri Filipovic

Steve Dangle
June 29 2014 06:20PM

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DRAFT RECAP! Steve Dangle of Leafs Nation (me) and Dimitri Filipovic from Canucks Army recap the action from Philadelphia and the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

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Should The Leafs Pursue Ehrhoff?

Jeff Veillette
June 29 2014 10:40AM

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It's not often that the solution to one of your key problems lands into your lap, and this morning, that very scenario just happened. The Buffalo Sabres have used one of their two compliance buyouts on defenceman and alternate captain Christian Ehrhoff, which means he will hit unrestricted free agency on Tuesday. But is he somebody the Leafs should pick up?

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Leafs Select Pierre Engvall in 7th Round

Justin Fisher
June 28 2014 11:27AM

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With their last pick in the draft, the Leafs selected Swedish winger Pierre Engvall out of Frolunda's J20 SuperElit team. At 6'4, 190lbs, Toronto waited until the 7th round, 188th overall to draft size - and they'll be getting some skill to go along with it.

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