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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Nikolai Kulemin re-ups with Metallurg

Nikolai Kulemin (#14, in white)

Various Russian sources were reporting yesterday that forward Nikolai Kulemin, drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2nd round of the '06 draft and ranked 4th among Leafs prospects according to Hockey's Future, has opted to re-sign with his Russian Super League team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

From Sport Express:

Metallurg Magnitogorsk's best scorer, Nikolai Kulemin, will spend at least one more season with the Ural hockey club.

Late Monday evening, after the completion of the final game of the semi-final series between Avangard and Metallurg, Kulemin renewed his contract with the team, in the presence of Metallurg Magnitogorsk GM Gennady Velichkin, head coach Oleg Kupriyanov, and player agent Sergei Cheremin.

Said Velichkin, "It is a one-way contract. Nikolai will continue to play for our team and is not going anywhere else."

Thus, Kulemin will continue to play in Russia, although he has a contract offer from Toronto, the NHL team that drafted him last year in the second round (44th overall).

Kulemin's 33 goals this season (27 regular season, 6 playoffs) equals the club record set by Alexander Goltz in 2001.

From Russian Prospects:

Forward Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) has reported that he will remain with HC Metallurg for the 2007-08 season. Reportedly, the contract is a one-way deal that is worth six times his 2006-07 salary. The young forward is the highest scoring forward in HC Metallurg’s recent past, scoring 33 goals thus far this season.

The Metallurg GM had the following to say about the young forward’s contract situation: "We have reached a final agreement with Nikolai. Next year he will be with Metallurg. His agent was also present during the contract signing and if a year later the NHL will again show interest in Nikolai, we will respectfully let him go."

The season for Nikolai Kulemin and Metallurg will continue into the championship finals against Ak Bars Kazan, beginning this Saturday.