Islanders likely to let injured forward go

After it being announced Monday, Nikolay Kulemin will be out for 6-months after undergoing surgery for an upper-body injury and now the Isles may let him go.
After the catastrophic news to the team that Kulemin will be out for 6-months, the injury could be the death of the forward as a player for the organization.

Andy Graziano from Sportsnet New York, he has stated that unless Kulemin is willing to take an enormous cut to his next contract, that could be the end of Kulemin wearing the Islanders jersey. The 31-year old Russian forward is in his last year of a 4-year, $16,75 million contract. That is an enormous contract for a player who has hit the 30 point mark once in the last 4 NHL seasons.

The New York team have added some strength to the team by adding Jordan Eberle on June 22nd from the Oilers in the Eberle-Strome trade, which makes it harder on the Islanders cap and makes Kulemin's contract even more expendable than it would be under normal circumstances. So the team might be looking to make some room this summer and Kulemin may not be in the team's future plans.

There isn't any doubt that the Russian forward could be a very good NHL forward and would be signed without a doubt by any NHL team once his contract with the Islanders expires.

Do you think the Isles should let Kulemin go coming this summer or resign him to a lower cost contract?

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