Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 1/18/13

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26: Dmitry Kulikov of the Florida Panthers poses for a portrait after being selected #14 overall by the Panthers during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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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