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  • Nikolay Kulemin: Inks deal with KHL squad

    Kulemin will play for Magnitogorsk of the KHL in 2018-19, Arthur Staple of The Athletic New York reports.

    After sitting out a majority of the season due to a shoulder injury, Kulemin will venture overseas to his hometown, Magnitogorsk, in order to continue his hockey career. The 31-year-old was set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 anyway. Kulemin had been a bottom-six player for most of his NHL time, only surpassing 30 points once over the last seven seasons for the Islanders and Maple Leafs.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Could have played in postseason

    Kulemin (shoulder) told reporters he would have been ready for the playoffs if the Islanders had qualified, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Kulemin's shoulder injury caused him to miss 67 straight games dating back to Nov. 7. In his limited action (13 games), the winger recorded one goal, two helpers and seven shots. A free agent this offseason, the 31-year-old should be capable of reaching the 20-point mark in 2018-19 if he can stay healthy.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Practices Monday

    Kulemin (shoulder) practiced and rotated into the line rushes Monday, Brian Compton of reports.

    Kulemin wasn't among the changes listed by Coach Doug Weight for Tuesday's lineup, so it's safe to assume he will need to get a few more practices under the belt before being considered for an addition to the lineup. Other than Ross Johnston subbing in for Cal Clutterbuck (migraines), the lines are expected to remain the same for Tuesday's matchup. A more definitive timeline for Kulemin's return should surface as he draws closer to rejoining the lineup.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Expected to return to full practice shortly

    Kulemin (shoulder) is expected to return to a full practice within the next five days, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Kulemin has been out of the lineup since undergoing shoulder surgery in mid-November. His return to practice would seem to indicate that the Islanders won't shut him down for the remainder of the season, but will instead plug him into the lineup once he is medically cleared to play. New York's penalty killing has been at a loss since Kulemin has been injured, and that is likely where he will serve the team best.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Skating with team

    Kulemin (shoulder) skated with the team during an optional practice Friday.

    Kulemin has been out since undergoing surgery in mid-November. His loss has been felt mainly on the penalty kill as he was one of the most valuable members on that unit. Coach Doug Weight has stated that Kulemin is still weeks away from returning, but with his contract up at the end of the season and the Islanders' playoff situation looking murky at best, it's fair to wonder if the team would be better off starting younger players over veterans like Kulemin anyway.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Still bothered by injury

    According to coach Doug Weight, Kulemin (shoulder) will be sidelined a minimum of three additional weeks, Arthur Staple of the Athletic New York reports.

    Initial reports coming out of Long Island had Kulemin nearing a return, but it appears those were either premature or the winger suffered a setback. Given his new timeline, the Russian wil have about 10 games to get ready for postseason action and figures to be out long enough to make him irrelevant in season-long fantasy formats.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Could return sooner than expected

    Kulemin is ahead of schedule as he rehabs a shoulder injury, according to Islanders coach Doug Weight, Brian Compton of reports.

    While he remains without a clear timetable for his return, the prognosis keeps improving for Kulemin, who was able to get back on the practice rink in mid-January. Of course, even when healthy, the Russian was turning in campaigns in the low 20-point range for the Islanders. Take that for what it's worth in the fantasy arena.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Back on ice

    Kulemin (shoulder) was one of five injured Islanders to skate Wednesday, Newsday reports.

    When Kulemin underwent shoulder surgery on Nov. 7 it was thought that his regular season was over. A return to the ice doesn't mean he is close to being able to play, but it could mean that a return before the end of the regular season could be in line for Kulemin. The Isles have missed him more than some would think as he was one of their best penalty killers, an area that has been a major detriment to the team this season.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Facing six-month absence

    Kulemin (upper body) underwent surgery Monday and will be sidelined for the next six months.

    Kulemin suffered the injury when he took a big hit from Eric Gryba on Nov. 7 against the Oilers and has already missed two games. The fourth-year Islander has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season, but could return if the Isles make a deep postseason run.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Out indefinitely

    Islanders coach Doug Weight said Kulemin's upper-body injury will keep him out indefinitely, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

    It's a good thing that the Islanders are otherwise stacked with offensive producers on the left wing -- they have Anders Lee, Andrew Ladd and Brock Nelson hanging in the top nine -- because the bench boss sounds downright discouraged by Kulemin's prognosis. It's worth moving Kulemin to the fantasy IR slot if you haven't done so already.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Moves to IR

    Kulemin (upper body) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 7 on Wednesday.

    The Isles wasted little time sending the Russian to IR, considering his ailment surfaced in Tuesday evening's contest against the Oilers. Given how the Isles only have two games scheduled for the duration of Kulemin's projected absence, we wouldn't let this news ruin your day, especially since he's a low-end winger at a relatively deep position.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Suffers upper-body injury

    Kulemin won't return to Tuesday's game against the Oilers due to an upper-body injury, Brian Compton of reports.

    Kulemin took a nasty hit from Eric Gryba in the second period Tuesday, and Gryba was sent to the sin bin for boarding. As he went up the tunnel, it appeared Kulemin was favoring his left arm, but no specific information has been released. The 31-year-old winger will have until Friday to recover for a matchup with Dallas, but if he's unable to get healthy, Alan Quine (upper body) will likely be ready to step back into the lineup.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Rare two-point outing

    Kulemin recorded a goal and an assist in Saturday's 6-3 home victory over the Golden Knights.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we finally have a Kulemin sighting. The Russian tripled his point total with this performance, but unfortunately he still only has one goal and a pair of assists on the season. His bottom-six role isn't conducive to generating much offense, and we feel that his strong effort Monday will prove to be more of an aberration than the start of a new trend.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Struggling this season

    Kulemin is off to a slow start this season with no goals and a single assist in six games.

    Kulemin has proven to be an extremely poor signing by general manager Garth Snow, as he only has 36 goals in 241 games over four seasons with the Islanders. He has been relegated to a checking role on the fourth line, but it's fair to wonder if the Isles will eventually designate him a healthy scratch in what is likely his final season with the team.

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  • Islanders' Nikolay Kulemin: Suiting up Saturday

    Kulemin (upper body) is on the ice for warmups Saturday, assigned to the fourth line against the Devils.

    Kulemin had missed the past seven games with his ailment, so it'll be interesting to see how many minutes he can handle. Of course, his fourth-line assignment doesn't put him in a fantasy-friendly situation.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 228 lbs
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, USSR
Age: 37
Shoots: Left