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After piling up points in Sweden, Cumiskey wants back in NHL

Jun 24, 2014, 3:34 PM EST

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Kyle Cumiskey wants back in the NHL. And according to his agent, Ross Gurney, the smooth-skating defenseman has turned down five offers from teams in the KHL to show he’s serious.

An unrestricted free agent, Cumiskey, 27, has spent the last two seasons piling up points for Modo in Sweden. His last NHL stop, after appearing in 132 games for Colorado, was with the Ducks organization: however, he never played a game for Anaheim, and, well, to make a long story short, his contract with the club was eventually terminated.

Cumiskey had 60 points in 91 games for Modo. For an NHL team in search of an inexpensive puck-moving defenseman with potential upside, he’s an option.

“His speed and puck distribution is where the game is headed,” Gurney texted PHT, adding that a couple of teams have checked in for a status update.

Related: Oilers in market for puck-moving defenseman

  1. dolphincult - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    back to the avs? canucks could do for any cheap help lol

    • hosewater2 - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Canucks could use someone to fill their “Raphael Diaz role,” but Yannick Weber may have that one covered. Don’t think they’re desperate for cheap help though, unless you’re suggesting that he slots in ahead of Bieksa, Edler, Garrison, Hamhuis, Tanev or Stanton?

      This guy needs to earn it on a PTO I would say.

  2. lowenni - Jun 24, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    The guy is a hell of a skater. Not much else that’s too special about him, however. That being said, if he’s polished his game up a bit in Sweden he could definitely be an inexpensive low risk, high reward signing. He should get an NHL offer or two.

  3. lidstrom5 - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    no doubt Holland has had a look at him…. but is he left handed

  4. avscup - Jun 24, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Always had the ability but couldn’t handle the size and physicality of the NHL. Modo was a great place for him and the KHL is where the money is for this type of player. He should have stayed or switched to the KHL. He won’t put up 60 in the NHL. Maybe not 30!

    • hockeydon10 - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:27 PM

      Then again, a defenceman just shy of 30 points isn’t exactly something you completely ignore when one hits the free agent market. Especially one that likely will come at a much lower cost than an established 25-30 point guy. I’m sure there are plenty of teams that would take a crack at someone like this for a minimal cap hit. And probably on a two-way deal, forcing him to prove himself.

      • avscup - Jun 24, 2014 at 7:39 PM

        Well I hope it’s your team. It won’t be mine! In 135 NHL games over five nhl seasons he scored 35 points! Not sure where you get “just shy of 30?”

        He’s a great skater but small and not very tough. Good luck with that. The Avs led the NHL in defensive scoring so it was obvious he was not a fit several years ago.

      • hockeydon10 - Jun 25, 2014 at 6:28 AM

        I got it from your post. “Maybe not 30!” you said. Or did you really mean “Maybe not 22?”

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