Florida Panthers Re-Sign Dmitry Kulikov To Four-Year Deal

The Florida Panthers are keeping another piece of their Stanley Cup winning squad around as they are re-signing Dmitry Kulikov to a new four-year contract worth $4.6 million, averaging $1.15 million annually. 

Kulikov is coming off a one-year, $1M contract he signed last summer.

This move follows their historic Stanley Cup victory, underlining the team's commitment to maintaining a strong defensive core amidst. 

Kulikov, a seasoned 33-year-old defenseman, played a pivotal role last season, tallying 20 points in 76 regular-season games and adding two assists in 24 playoff appearances as the Panthers clinched their first-ever championship.

Originally drafted 14th overall by the Panthers in 2009, Kulikov has amassed 234 points over his 948-game NHL career, showcasing his defensive reliability and occasional offensive contributions across various teams including the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, and Pittsburgh Penguins. 

His international experience, representing Russia in multiple World Championships and the World Cup of Hockey, adds a seasoned presence to the Panthers' locker room. 

The 33-year-old will be entering his 16th NHL season next year. He's played half of his career (eight seasons) with the Panthers.

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