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Leafs sign F Kulemin for 2 years

Friday, 07.20.2012 / 2:01 PM / News

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) - TORONTO (AP) - The Toronto Maple Leafs have avoided arbitration with Nikolai Kulemin, signing the forward to a two-year, $5.6-million deal.

Kulemin will make $2.6 million next season and $3 million in 2013-14. He made $2.2 million last season.

Kulemin had just seven goals and 21 assists before missing the last 12 games of a disappointing season with a broken finger. The Maple Leafs are hoping that season was an aberration and Kulemin can replicate the form he showed when he scored 30 goals and added 27 assists in 2010-11.

The native of Russia has 68 goals and 84 assists in 303 games with Toronto.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory