Nikolai Kulemin would love to stay with Leafs

Maple Leafs left wing Nikolai Kulemin (41) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period...

Maple Leafs left wing Nikolai Kulemin (41) celebrates after scoring a goal in the second period against the Buffalo Sabres at Air Canada Centre on Nov. 16, 2013. (TOM SZCZERBOWSKI/USA TODAY Sports)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:00 AM ET

TAMPA - Nikolai Kulemin has known just one hockey home in the National Hockey League.

And the Maple Leafs winger doesn't necessarily want to change his address, whether it's before the March 5 trade deadline or this summer, when he is slated to become an unrestricted free agent.

No Leaf on the present roster has been a part of the team longer than Kulemin, who made his debut in a Toronto uniform on Oct. 9, 2008, and has played in 397 games for the Leafs.

"I would love to stay," Kulemin said after practice on Wednesday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, approximately 12 hours after the Leafs put in a poor effort in 4-1 loss against the Florida Panthers across the Sunshine State.

"I like everything here. It's the only team I have played for. I like the organization, the city, everything. We will see."


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