Islanders ink Grabovski, Kulemin to shocking deals

Nikolai Kulemin (four years, $16.75 million) and Mikhail Grabovski (four years, $20 million) signed...

Nikolai Kulemin (four years, $16.75 million) and Mikhail Grabovski (four years, $20 million) signed with the New York Islanders. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency/Files)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:36 AM ET

When asked about how the critics would respond to his selection of the controversial Joshua Ho-Sang in the first round of the NHL draft last Friday, Islanders general manager Garth Snow told a TSN national television audience that “he’ll fit right in. They s--t on me, too.”

That being the case, it didn’t take long for Snow to absorb more s--t after inking former Maple Leafs Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski to long-term deals on Wednesday, courtesy of former NHLer Jeremy Roenick.

Tweeted @Jeremy_Roenick on Wednesday evening: “Way to go islanders!!!! Making a 40pt guy a 5 million dollar player!!! Grabovski?? 5 million??? I’m going back to the gym!! Good god.”

For the record, Grabovski gets a four-year, $20-million US deal while Kulemin rakes in $16.75 million US over four.


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