Toronto Maple Leafs left-winger Nikolai Kulemin has been the subject of trade rumours all season it seems. Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports, in his latest 30 Thoughts piece, says general manager Dave Nonis shot down any rumours that they were considering trading Kulemin to the Florida Panthers.
That rumour never made sense to me. I could see them potentially looking at trading Kulemin back when the team was struggling, but now that they’re in the thick of a playoff race, it would be baffling to see them move a significant piece. I hope Kulemin gets re-signed in the offseason because I think he’s one of the few Leafs forwards who is proficient in his own end of the ice, but that’s something to worry about when the season is over.
Another interesting tidbit from Friedman: The Leafs were in on the Thomas Vanek sweepstakes along with the Montreal Canadiens and Minnesota Wild. The Habs, of course, won out, partially because they included forward prospect Sebastian Collberg in their offer. The Islanders were believed to be big Collberg fans at the 2012 Draft and hoped to snag him one pick after the Habs.
The Leafs had a tough go of it last night in San Jose, but a couple of players did noticeably well (relative to the rest of the team, anyway) entering the zone. @13_Leafs of Blue and White Brotherhood tracked zone entries from the game and shared his findings. This type of information would be very interesting to dissect with a larger sample size, and I think it would tell us more about which Leafs are contributing.
One of the limits of corsi (shot attempt differential) is it doesn’t weigh offensive and defensive zone starts equally. Matt Pfeffer of Hockey Prospectus explains how adjusting corsi so both o-zone and d-zone starts are weighted equally can give us a more accurate portrayal of a player’s possession skills.
The NHL GMs concluded meetings in Florida, and we’ve all heard about the proposed rule changes the group has chewed on. The more important story, however, might be the one topic the Board of Governors didn’t talk about. Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports explains.
On a much sadder note, the body of missing Saginaw Spirit player Terry Trafford was found in his pickup truck yesterday. Sean Gentille of the Sporting News has the details.
Our prayers are with the Trafford family and the entire Spirit organization.