March 7, 2012; Pittsburgh,PA, USA: Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Nikolai Kulemin (41) on the ice before playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

Could Leafs' Nikolai Kulemin Be Heading To KHL?

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nikolai Kulemin, 25, is a RFA (Restricted Free Agent). It don’t sound like he will have a big pay day, after totaling 28 points last season in 70 games.

Kulemin hopes to re-sign in Toronto, but will have to get his contract worked out in arbitration. The Leafs have filed for arbitration with the forward in hopes to get his cap hit lowered from the 2.3 million he had last season.

Kulemin could end up with the money he wants anyway. According to a report out of Russia, GM of KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk is watching his negotiations closely.

“We are monitoring the situation around Kulemina. Question on his contract with” Toronto “will be resolved in arbitration. From this decision and will depend on further developments. Of course, the conversation we had. Kulemin regularly comes to Magnitogorsk. With our forward Lesha Kaigorodova they recently filmed around the ice, skated together.

So  basically if Nikolai Kulemin don’t get paid what he wants, he could get it in the KHL.

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