“The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Friday that forward Nikolai Kulemin and defenceman Anton Stralman have been assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Kulemin and Stralman will join the Marlies for their game tonight in Syracuse.

Kulemin has played in 41 games for the Leafs this season collecting 14 points on seven goals and seven assists with eight penalty minutes. He has also played in three games with the Marlies.

In 25 games with the Leafs, Stralman has registered one goal and six assists, as well as 10 minutes in penalties. He has played 12 games for the Marlies, registering one goal and two assists, along with 12 penalty minutes and a plus one (+1) rating.

After tonight’s game in Syracuse the Marlies will return home Saturday from an 18-day road trip and play host to the Chicago Wolves at Ricoh Coliseum. Game time is 7 p.m. ”
-Team release

I don’t think this is anything more than a move intended to get the pair of youngsters some game action during the five day All-Star layoff. Neither had to clear waivers and it looks like the Marlies are dealing with some tired legs at the moment (not-so-fresh off an 18-day road trip) and could use the help.

A note of apology… I wasn’t able to catch the last two games this week. Sorry about the lack of post-game blogs.

Also, as much as it provides a bit of a breather during the dog days of the NHL schedule, it’s time to shitcan the All-Star game. It’s meaningless, uninspired and apparently the NHL is now having to force players into showing up by threatening potential no-shows with suspension. Pathetic.

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