The Islanders signed Nikolai Kulemin to a four-year, $16.75 million dollar contract.
Kulemin tallied nine goals and added 11 assists (20 points) in 70 games with the Maple Leafs. He spent the first six years of his career with Toronto, and 2013-14 was his worst year. The former 30 goal scorer has tallied just 23 goals over the last three seasons (188 games played). He could play with John Tavares, which would boost his fantasy value or he may be re-united with Mikhail Grabovski.
Kulemin was expected to suit up up tonight and being removed from IR confirms that report. Kulemin was injured in the second game of the season and has missed the Leafs last 12 contests. He had two assists in the first two contests and bolsters and already strong lineup even further.
Nikolai Kulemin skated before the Maple Leafs for the first time since suffering an ankle injury.
Kulemin has missed the Leafs last eight games, but is expected to return at the end of the month or in early November. The Maple Leafs lineup is getting stronger with the return of David Clarkson (suspension) and Kulemin's impending return.
Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle says Kulemin may be available around October 29th. He will join team at practice soon.
Kulemin has missed Toronto's last seven games because of an ankle injury. He only appeared in two games but should return in late October or early November. The Maple Leafs have been successful despite Kulemin's absence as a number of young players have stepped up.