Skip to content

RFA Kulikov re-signs with Florida

Jan 17, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

Source: Paul Bereswill/Getty Images North America Getty Images

The Florida Panthers will enter the shortened season with Dmitry Kulikov after he inked a two-year contract, according to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel’s Harvey Fialkov.

Kulikov spent the lockout playing for the KHL’s Yaroslavl Lokomotiv and he remained in Russia even after the work stoppage ended.

Talks looked bleak on Tuesday when Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos admitted that he hadn’t been in contact with Kulikov’s agent in 48 hours.

After being selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Russian-born defenseman has already cemented himself as a critical part of the Florida Panthers. He had 28 points and averaged 21:51 minutes per contest in 58 games last season. He’s also become a big part of Florida’s efforts with the man advantage, which was one of its key strengths last season.

Retaining Kulikov’s services was especially important for Florida after Jason Garrison signed with the Vancouver Canucks over the summer.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie noted that the deal is still not finalized as Florida wants Kulikov to submit to a full medical.

Latest Posts
  1. Vancouver signs Linden Vey to one-year extension

    Jun 29, 2015, 6:43 PM EDT

    Linden Vey Getty Images

    He’ll reportedly earn $1 million next season.

  2. Agent: Franson has spoken with ‘half a dozen’ teams (Updated)

    Jun 29, 2015, 6:40 PM EDT

    Vancouver Canucks v Nashville Predators Vancouver Canucks v Nashville Predators

    Toronto, Calgary and Pittsburgh are amongst the teams, which have reached out.

  3. Your 2015 HHOF Class: Fedorov, Housley, Lidstrom, Pronger, Ruggiero

    Jun 29, 2015, 5:13 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    Bill Hay and Peter Karmanos Jr. are also going in as builders.

  4. NHLPA reviewing Richards situation, determining course of action

    Jun 29, 2015, 4:27 PM EDT

    Mike Richards Getty Images

    Also inside is information about the potential cap recapture situation the Kings might be stuck with.

  5. What’s next for Mike Richards and the Kings?

    Jun 29, 2015, 3:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Kings v New York Rangers Getty Images

    Processing Monday’s surprising termination.

  6. Sens’ Chiasson headed for arbitration

    Jun 29, 2015, 2:05 PM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    The 24-year-old’s three-year, $2.7 million deal is set to expire on Wednesday.

  7. Pricey Platoon? Stars reportedly sign Niemi for three years, $13.5M

    Jun 29, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT

    Antti Niemi, AP

    If accurate, that’s $10.4M between Niemi and Kari Lehtonen.

  8. Report: Blackhawks sign Rundblad to a two-year, $2 million extension

    Jun 29, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT

    2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game One Getty Images

    The 24-year-old was a pending restricted free agent.

  9. Report: Oduya is already pondering offers, won’t wait for Chicago

    Jun 29, 2015, 1:08 PM EDT

    Johnny Oduya AP

    He should draw plenty of free agent interest.

  10. Hodgson, Stalberg placed on unconditional waivers

    Jun 29, 2015, 12:40 PM EDT

    Cody Hodgson Buffalo

    Both players can be bought out on Tuesday, if they clear.

  11. Barberio looking for a ‘fresh start somewhere else,’ says agent

    Jun 29, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

    Mark Barberio Mark Barberio

    He wasn’t tendered a qualifying offer by the Bolts on Monday.

  12. UFA of the Day: Chris Stewart

    Jun 29, 2015, 11:05 AM EDT

    Ottawa Senators v Minnesota Wild Ottawa Senators v Minnesota Wild

    He said “the fit was perfect” in Minnesota following the season.

  13. Bolts sign Blunden to one-year, two-way deal

    Jun 29, 2015, 11:05 AM EDT

    blundengetty Getty Images

    The big forward provides injury insurance.

  14. Penguins sign Ian Cole to a three-year, $6.3 million deal

    Jun 29, 2015, 10:20 AM EDT

    PA: San Jose Sharks v Pittsburgh Penguins Getty Images

    He appeared in 20 regular season games with Pittsburgh following a March trade from St. Louis.

  15. Sens ink Chris Wideman to a one-year, two way deal

    Jun 29, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Lightning v Ottawa Senators Tampa Bay Lightning v Ottawa Senators

    He’ll make $600,000 at the NHL level and $400,000 in the American Hockey League.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. R. O'Reilly (2180)
  2. C. Talbot (2071)
  3. D. Hamilton (2029)
  4. R. Lehner (1642)
  5. J. Stoll (1571)
  1. S. Gagner (1523)
  2. M. Lucic (1501)
  3. K. Letang (1423)
  4. G. Bettman (1415)
  5. E. Etem (1400)