Thursday, December 18, 2014

NHL Trade Rumors: Toronto willing to move Nikolai Kulemin, per reports

The Leafs are shedding salary before the trade deadline.

Just a day after shipping out defending Mark Fraser to Edmonton, the Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly interested in discarding another member of their roster.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports that the Leafs are telling teams forward Nikolai Kulemin is available via trade. Toronto is asking for a "substantial" return, including a player and a draft pick. According to Dreger, no worthwhile offers have been presented to Toronto general manager Dave Nonis.

The 27-year-old Russian winger is an impending unrestricted free agent, so the Leafs are probably just trying to get something in return for him before he walks in the summer. Mason Raymond and Dave Bolland are also due for new contracts in a few months, so a trade makes sense for financial reasons.

With a $3 million cap hit and a 30-goal season on his resume, Kulemin would be an attractive option for contending teams looking for some scoring on the wing. With Buffalo Sabres forward Matt Moulson out for a month with an upper-body injury, Toronto could be betting on Kulemin's value increasing.

Kulemin has eight goals and 16 points through 44 games this season.

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