According to a report TSN, New York Islanders forward Nikolay Kulemin has agreed to a contract with KHL club Magnitogorsk Metallurg.
Here’s the full report, courtesy of TSN:
After 10 seasons in the NHL, Nikolay Kulemin appears to be heading home.
According to multiple reports, the 31-year-old has agreed to a deal with the KHL's Magnitogorsk Metallurg, where he spent the first three professional seasons of his career before making the leap to North America.
Russian news outlet Championat reports Kulemin will join Metallurg on a multi-year contract worth up to $200 million Rubles a season, which is the equivalent to $3.2 million USD.Kulemin was limited to 13 games with the Islanders this season due to an upper-body injury, scoring one goal with two assists on the year. He had 12 goals and 23 points in 72 games with the Islanders during the 2016-17 season.
The Magnitogorsk native scored a career-high 30 goals with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2010-11 season, but has failed to top 15 goals in a season since.
He entered the NHL as a second-round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2006 and made his debut in 2008.
If this is indeed the end of Kulemin’s NHL career, he leaves the league he joined back in 2008 with 121 goals and 274 points in 669 games. His breakout season came back in 2010-11 with the Toronto Maple Leafs while playing on a line with fellow Russian Mikhail Grabovski. After leaving the Leafs to join the Islanders with a four year, $16.75 million contract in 2014 however, he was never able to regain his scoring touch. Still, at just 31 years of age and with a history of being a streaky goal scorer, it's incredible that no other NHL team has expressed interest in signing Kulemin this offseason.
While the news has yet to be confirmed by Kulemin's camp, the Islanders or Magnitogorsk Metallurg, multiple Russian sources are reporting the news as if it's fact. So, while the news may not be "officially official" just yet, expect a formal announcement to be made by the player and the team in short order.