Panthers, Dmitry Kulikov agree to 2-year deal

The Panthers and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov agree to a two-year deal Friday.

Having already agreed to terms with veteran winger Alex Kovalev, the Florida Panthers announced Friday they had bolstered their defense by resigning a young player.

The team reached a two-year deal with 22-year-old defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, who has played his entire NHL career with the Panthers.

“Dmitry is a young, talented and hardworking defenseman who continues to develop,” general manager Dale Tallon said in a release. “He played well for our club last season and he will be counted upon to be an important part of our blue line this year.”

Kulikov, the 14th overall pick in the 2009 draft, had 24 assists for Florida last season.

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