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Toronto Maple Leafs News & Notes: April 25, 2014


Michael Traikos of the National Post spoke with Gary Greenstin, the agent for Toronto Maple Leafs winger Nikolai Kulemin and Washington Capitals centre Mikhail Grabovski, about his clients’ upcoming free agency decisions. Greeenstin said the two friends may decide to sign with the same team, and also mentioned that Kulemin was unhappy with the role head coach Randy Carlyle put him in over the past couple of seasons. It seems like as long as Carlyle is still the coach, Kulemin will sign elsewhere.

Anthony Petrielli of Maple Leafs Hot Stove tries to gauge the trade value of every player on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ roster, starting with those already locked up to long-term deals in Part One of a series. It’s a good recap of each player’s season, and how they may or may not fit into the club’s long-term plans.

The Toronto Marlies open their first-round American Hockey League playoff series with the Milwaukee Admirals tonight. Jeff Veillette of The LeafsNation gets you ready with his series preview. You can watch the game at 8 p.m. on LeafsTV.

Michael Straw of FanSided released his latest mock draft. Once again, he has the Leafs picking Nikolaj Ehlers, a left-winger for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, eighth overall. The Dane had a whopping 104 points in 63 games this season, which put him fourth in the league in scoring.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have fought their way back to tie their first-round playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at two games apiece in large part because of the poor goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury. As Ryan Lambert of Puck Daddy writes, a combination of Fleury’s goaltending and poor play from a large chunk of the lineup has cost this team any chance of being a Stanley Cup contender.

In a similar vein, Tyler Dellow compares the play of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to the rest of the Penguins forwards and finds that anybody who blames the two stars for the Pens’ struggles has no idea what they’re talking about.

Draft experts have long held the belief that the Ontario Hockey League tends to produce slightly better players than the Western Hockey League. G M(oney) dives into a large sample of NHL draft picks in a FanPost for Copper & Blue to see if this belief is actually true.

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  • jimithy

    Kuleman is finished as a Leaf. He doesn’t want to stay, of course he will say otherwise, but his play is not intelligent which only proves his lack of motivation. How top management keeps so many uninterested and unmotivated players around year after year is incredible and is just sticking it to all the captured audience.

    • Tim Bayer

      I’m not as down on Kulie as many are. I think he’s one of the few Leafs forwards who can play defense, and in a better role he could pot 20-25 goals again. Pittsburgh would be a great fit for him with his buddy Malkin. But if Carlyle is fired, I still think we could see him return.