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Leafs Sign Holzer, Take Kulemin To Arbitration

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Don't leave me, buddy.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Don't leave me, buddy. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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As Cam Charron points out, Nikolai Kulemin is scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on August 4th. Naturally, we all hope that it doesn't come down to that, but there are definitely a lot of wingers in the depth chart, and a trade could yet be looming for Leafs' fans' second-favourite Russian.

Of course, maybe Kulemin's agent and Brian Burke just need a bit more time to work things out, and a deal is already in the works. Fingers crossed.

It's a tough deal to make, with Kulemin having a career year in 2010-11, and then regressing rather abruptly in 2011-12. What would you award him?

Leaf fans: where are you in these lazy, hazy days of summer: up, down, or in a wait and see mode?
I'm in the 'wait and see' camp, because I'm just optimistic that way. From Michael Langlois.

More GMs should spend July 1st out of the office
It would mean a little less crazy in free agency. Danny Gray thinks Brian Burke has the right idea.

How about Mikhail Grabovski with Phil Kessel?
I'd be happy to give this a shot, but things seem to work so much more neatly if Tim Connolly can play as Kessel's C. Fromr Cam Charron at the Leafs Nation.

Anti-Coyotes deal signature drive: It’s actually a referendum on Shane Doan’s future
If he leaves, look to see him stay in the West. From Greg Wyshynski.

Alex Semin update: On KHL contract offer and NHL free-agency timetable
The former Caps' winger still doesn't know where he wants to play yet.

Unicycle hockey
No more explanation necessary. From Harrison Mooney at PD.

Canucks re-sign Mason Raymond
The contract is for one year at $2.275M - a pay cut from his previous deal.

Coyotes’ MacLean doing better after heart scare
Very good to hear. From the AP at the Globe.

New York Rangers Add Jeff Halpern On One-Year Deal
One year at $700k. From Blueshirt Banter.

Looking at the things that make a player "good in the dressing room"
More insight from BHS.

Cristobal Huet wants back in the NHL
Yeah, I'll bet he does. From Justin Bourne.

History Lessons: Harvey Jackson and Le Temple de la Renommée
Ellen Etchingham with some Leafs history.