Blues and Leafs On Each Other’s Radar?

Sources out of Toronto have the Blues and Maple Leafs on each other’s radar. One player whose name continues to pop up, not just with St. Louis, is forward Nikolai Kulemin.

A former 30 goal scorer, Kulemin is playing a different role with Toronto and could maybe use a change of scenery. The 26 year-old Russian has just 12 points this season but has been used primarily in a defensive/PK role. He’s seen limited PP action.

He put up 38 points in 36 KHL games this season. Kulemin is a childhood friend of Pittsburgh superstar Evgeni Malkin as the two played together before coming over to the NHL.

Toronto could be interested in a young player which may include former first round picks Schwartz and/or D-man Ian Cole.

The Blues would certainly need a D-man in return if they were to move Cole. Toronto has a surplus with nine D-men having played at least two games this season. One would think they’d like to create a spot for Jake Gardiner. Jake’s brother Max is a former Blues draft pick.

Kulemin signed a two-year extension last summer worth $5.6 Million. He has a cap hit of $2.8 and is due $3 Million next year.

It would take more in return than Kulemin if they were to move a Jaden Schwartz.


46 Responses to Blues and Leafs On Each Other’s Radar?

  1. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    I don’t see the blues and Leafs making a trade involving a roster player for a roster player.
    I could see…Bozak to Vancouver, MacArthur to the Rangers, Liles to St.Louis(for picks) or Washington, Komi to Edmonton(if on his list) for Whitney. Just some possibilities.IMO

  2. Lucci_101 says:

    Leafs want to decrease in d man not add more

  3. toronto77 says:

    Schwartz is an interesting player. He’s a centre right? Don’t know if he is a true no.1 though.

    I would do Bozak, Kulemin and Liles for Schwartz.

  4. LN91 says:

    Schwartz is similar to Giroux, very big on this kid. Great vision, tough with puck, and responsible defensively.

    He is small, but pair him with a big-second line and you got something brewing in Toronto. I would love to get Perry and play Schwartz with him and JVR if it came down to it.

  5. Steven_Leafs0 says:

    Pretty sure the Blues need a D-man. I wonder if we can pull off something like Liles, MacArthur, ???(pick or prospect) for Stewart, Gardiner.

    Highly doubt it though, might have to exchange Liles for Holzer or something. Cannot hurt to ask. 😛

  6. leafy says:

    I don’t like the Mike Brown trade. I liked his toughness and he skates well for a fourth line scrapper.

  7. leafy says:

    Why get rid of toughness? If you’re gonna ship out of forward, get rid of Steckel, Kulemin, or better yet Grabovski!

    • doorman says:

      Ok seriously who is trading for a faceoff specialist right now? As for trading Kulemin or Grabo instead Nonis made the right call, IMO. I am not saying they can’t be traded, but those guys are worth more in a month then they are now, if you are trading them.

      I love how Brown plays hard every shift, but it was like he was trying to do too much. There are more then a few times he took bad penalties.

      • leafy says:

        I can guarantee you players on opposing teams love this trade.

        • doorman says:

          I don’t know if I agree with that. Don’t get me wrong Brown was a gamer for sure, but he didn’t scare anybody. Plus it isn’t like our toughness was affected when he was just out. So all in all, I don’t mind it and like it better then a young guy being sent down. Don’t get me wrong I think Nonis still needs to clear out a few guys. I know many disagree but you can only let vetern players sit so long. If you don’t play them, move them, the respect you treat veterns with will have an affect on your ability to attract FA’s.

  8. leafy says:

    I love the Leafs toughness this year, that’s why I’m a bit disappointed.

    There’s no denying history. Here are the best Leaf teams since 1967:

    -1976 to 1978 – Sittler, MacDonald, Salming era.
    -1993 to 1994 – Gilmour, Clark, Andreychuk era.
    -2000 to 2004 – Sundin, Roberts, Mogilny era.

    Guess what those 3 Leaf teams had in common? Skill of course, but in addition to that, toughness! They were brutal to play against.

    I like the direction we’re headed with toughness and don’t want that reversed.

    • doorman says:

      True, but we still have a good amount of toughness and they all play. Plus at some point you have to let the young guys play. I think it boiled down to Brown or Komorov personally. As the others will only be tradeable closer to the deadline and of highest value. Like Burke said trade deadline day is the day of biggest mistakes for GM’s. So rather then lose a player via waivers, as I believe it effects the cap somehow I read, keep and trade. Don’t get me wrong I liked Brown and how hard he played every game, but he has also had shoulder problems, so this could be ok.

      • DannyLeafs says:

        Came down to Leafs only had two forwards that could go down without clearing waivers to make room for Frattin and Lupul. That was Komarov and Kadri. No way they send either of them down. So now they need to move someone, and like was mentioned earlier, Kulemin, Grabovski and MaCarthur are guys that would take more work to trade and fetch a better return later rather than now. I love Brown, but I think he got moved because they like McClaren and Orr, and a guy like Steckel is useful when he plays, but isn’t gonna get a draft pick back.

        Just as an aside, since Calgary seems way too desperate for a center, do you think they would overpay for a guy like Grabovski? I am not sure I would want to trade him but I wonder what kind of value they would place on a solid two way center capable of 50-60 points who is already signed for several more years.

  9. leafy says:

    It’s true Brown did have injury issues.

    I like Komorov. He plays hard and has some up side.

    • nordiques100 says:

      I said in another topic, and there seems to be too many topics to keep track of, that it boiled down to this:

      McLaren vs Brown: We’d waive and lose McLaren easily. Even Orr would be an option too to waive. NOT going to happen IMO.

      Brown vs Komarov: We could have demoted Komarov but he does more than Brown. He can add some offensive chances, play the PK and just has more upside. Komarov would be back in the KHL if we demoted him and doubtful he’d ever come back.

      Brown vs Frattin: We could have demoted Frattin, but that makes no sense. 3 tough guys vs 2 tough guys and one skilled guy?

      Brown vs Steckel: I think it came down to position here. Steckel gives centre depth. I dont think Carlyle would be too keen on putting Komarov at C again if he had the choice. Steckel has a role here and is fine as the depth forward. A better choice than brown in that role IMO cause he again can provide more options.

      Brown vs losing a Dman. THey could have demoted Holzer, but why? He’s done pretty good. They could have waived Liles/Komi. A trade would ahve taken too long I think. Or at least isn’t an option out there that helps the Leafs. They could have waived the two vets but why? And let another team claim them and have those cap hits, half anyways be on the books with Army, with Tucker the next while? No thanks.

      Brown for a 4th isn’t a bad return. He was acquired for a 5th so its an upgrade really.

  10. doorman says:

    And here is hoping the Oilers go on a major win streak and make the playoffs, then the pick becomes a 3rd.

  11. LN91 says:

    Phil Kessel trade rumors are ongoing:

    It does not matter what you people think is right or wrong, I don’t think Nonis is sold on Kessel and is discouraged from signing him long-term.

    I like Kessel, but I do trust Nonis judgement more…Whatever he does, I’ll be content with.

    • doorman says:

      I have no issues with Nonis and letting him do his thing. I am not as convinced that he is looking to trade Kessel as you. However i think no one player is untouchable, hell ther greatest was traded more than once. If it improves our club I am all for it. I also think he is working on trading Komi, IMO. he is hoping Liles, well i have no issues with him, so i am fine if he stays.

    • leafy says:

      Kessel for Gaborik. There’s a 50-50 chance it will happen. But there’s only a 20% chance for that 50-50 chance.

  12. blaze says:

    Im actually with Leafy on this one not a big fan of losing Brown. I think don’t agree with McLaren over Brown as much as others. The Leafs lose a middleweight and run with two heavies.

    Hard for McLaren to scare people when they just skate away. Brown gives a middleweight option and in his weight class hes a he’ll of a scrapper breaking McGinns face literally. Middleweight duties now fall exclusively to Fraser.

    Brown is more injury prone so it’s not the end of the world but I still feel like he’s a better overall player than McLaren. As far as fighters to grabbing a 4th is pretty good value considering most fighters are waived.

    • nordiques100 says:

      A small part of me still thinks Nonis is “Canadian-izing” the roster.

      But, I think more importantly McLaren is someone they’re grooming to eventually replace Orr. Orr may have played himself to another year, but he’ll need a replacement at some point. Plus Orr, like Brown, has had injury issues. McLaren can carry the heavy.

      • doorman says:

        I can see that and as tough as Fraser is he is more of a really good light Heavyweight. I think Orr gets resigned but like on a year to year type deal, IMO

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