Kulak signed a three-year, $5.55 million contract with the Canadiens on Saturday. Kulak was rock solid as a middle-pairing defenseman for Montreal this season, notching six goals and 18 points while posting a plus-12 rating in 57 games. The 25-year-old should continue to be a dependable bottom-four option for the duration of his deal with the Canadiens, but he lacks the offensive upside necessary to be considered a desirable asset in most fantasy formats.
Kulak scored and tallied an assist Thursday, but Montreal fell to Columbus, 6-2. Kulak has consecutive two-point performances and now has found the scoresheet 16 times in 53 appearances. He also dished out three hits and finished with 18:27 TOI in the loss.
Kulak finished with two points in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Panthers. The goal and assist give Kulak 14 points in 52 games, certainly solid production from the blue line, but at this point, he's little besides a depth defenseman in a fantasy sense. Kulak does seem to have found a home on Montreal's second defensive pairing, alongside Jeff Petry, so the former Flame should continue to see plenty of ice time down the stretch and (possibly) into the postseason.
Kulak picked up an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Thursday. The helper gives Kulak three goals and seven assists in 44 games in his first season with the Canadiens. He has averaged 17:08 per game while skating on the third pairing, and he's added 79 hits this season. It's not enough to move the needle for fantasy purposes, but the 25-year-old has played well in his own zone, with a plus-9 rating for the year.
Kulak's second-period goal was ruled no goal on review in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Lightning. The Canadiens played heroically, shutting down the NHL's most prolific offense before grabbing a 1-0 lead on Kulak's goal; however, rookie Jesperi Kotkaniemi was ruled offside after video review. The Habs are left wondering what might have happened had the goal stood, as Tampa Bay went on to score three third-period goals and hand Montreal its third consecutive defeat. Kulak remains at three goals and six points through 34 games played.
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