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Dmitry Kulikov | Defenseman

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/29/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
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Dmitry Kulikov (foot) returned to action in time for Thursday's season opener.
He sustained a foot injury during the exhibition schedule, but he was able to return to practice last week. Kulikov had three shots in a whopping 24:53 of ice time in Florida's 3-2 overtime loss to Tampa Bay. Oct 10 - 1:48 AM

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Dmitry Kulikov (foot) participated in Friday's practice.

Kulikov couldn't complete Thursday's game because he blocked a shot. Given that he's already back on the ice, we like his chances of being ready for the season opener.
Oct 3 - 12:28 PM

Dmitry Kulikov suffered a foot injury in the first period of Thursday's preseason loss to Tampa Bay and he left the game seeing just 2:26 of ice time.

He didn't return and Panthers coach Gerard Gallant said the defenseman was listed as day-to-day. The good news is that Kulikov's foot is not broken, but it is unclear if he'll be ready to play when Florida opens the regular season next Thursday at Tampa Bay.
Oct 3 - 8:40 AM

Defenseman Dmitry Kulikov left tonight's game with a lower-body injury.

There's no word yet on any specifics related to the injury. Kulikov is a big part of what they're trying to rebuild in in Florida, so hopefully for their sake, the new three-year, $13 million investment won't begin on the shelf. The 23-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in which he recorded just 19 points.
Oct 2 - 10:34 PM

Dmitry Kulikov has signed a three-year, $13 million contract extension with the Florida Panthers.

Kulikov was a restricted free agent after completing his two-year, $5 million deal. He had 19 points and 66 penalty minutes in 81 games last season. The Panthers were one of the worst teams offensively last season and while they won't be great in 2014-15, they should at least approach the level of mediocrity and that will help Kulikov reach the 25-point mark for the third time in his career.
Jul 18 - 12:31 PM

Dmitry Kulikov is feeling alright after being hurt in the third period of Sunday's contest.

Kulikov should be fine to play on Tuesday. He has 17 points and 60 penalty minutes in 71 games this season.
Mar 25 - 5:28 PM

Florida GM Dale Tallon has liked what he's seen from Dmitry Kulikov after the young defenseman had a difficult start to the 2013-14 campaign.

"He's been solid all the way around," Tallon said. "He's buying in, so I'm happy for him." Kulikov, who will become a restricted free agent this summer, has six goals, 12 points and a minus-11 rating in 57 games this season.
Feb 17 - 9:42 AM

Dmitry Kulikov vehemently denied a rumor that he wants to leave the NHL and play hockey in Russia.

"I would like to face those people saying those things and ask them where they are getting their information," said Kulikov. "Wanting to go back to Russia? Those words have never come out of my mouth. I think the people starting that are just trying to create more drama for the league or whatever. ... I want to help turn things around here. I want to win here. The year we made the playoffs was like the best thing ever. It's a totally different feeling. I want to feel that again." He played with the KHL's Yaroslavl Locomotiv franchise during the lockout last year and he enjoyed the experience, but he feels it was enough to satisfy him. The 23-year-old defenseman had a rough start to the 2013-14 season, but he has been playing better of late. He has recorded four goals and one assist in his past eight games.
Feb 3 - 9:33 AM

Dmitry Kulikov netted his sixth goal of the season in Thursday's 6-3 loss to Toronto.

Kulikov has had himself a nice month of January, as he has racked up four goals, but still isn't worthy of roster consideration in all but the deepest of leagues. Nick Bjugstad and Sean Bergenheim also scored goals for Florida in the loss.
Jan 30 - 10:48 PM

Dmitry Kulikov's goal Tuesday night ended a 0-for-43 drought for the brutal Panthers' power play.

"It's just the beginning. We can't just hope we scored one goal and now we'll score one every game," Kulikov said. "We have to build on that." Florida owns the league's worst power play with a 9.2 percent success rate on 173 opportunities.
Jan 29 - 8:50 AM

Dmitry Kulikov scored for the Panthers on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough in their 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes.

Kulikov will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason and his inconsistent play has fired up the trade rumors. The 23-year-old offers a lot of promise as a puck-moving blueliner, though his three goals and eight points don't exactly reveal that. Marcel Goc also scored in the loss.
Jan 18 - 9:46 PM

Florida coach Peter Horachek has liked what he's seen from Dmitry Kulikov recently.

He was sent to the press box earlier this month and Horachek feels like the young defenseman has responded. "Sometimes it's what players need, a little bit of adversity and to understand, and to sit back and watch a little bit," Horachek said. "Most players go through it. He doesn't like it, most players don't. I think he's played his best hockey coming out of there. He's making better decisions; he's competing really hard and playing the game against top players. His minutes have gone up because of it." Kulikov doesn't feel like he's doing anything differently aside from cutting down on his turnovers. He has six points and a minus-7 rating in 37 games this year.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 09:48:00 AM

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon denied a recent report that Dmitry Kulikov was a healthy scratch on Tuesday to accommodate a trade that ended up falling apart.

"No, we sat him because of his play," Tallon said. "[Kulikov] needed a little refresher. I've liked the way he's played since." Kulikov has four points and 35 penalty minutes in 29 games this season.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 09:50:00 AM

Dmitry Kulikov earned an assists in Thursday's win over Winnipeg.

He snapped a 12-game scoreless drought with the helper. Kulikov was back in the lineup on Thursday after he was a healthy scratch in Tuesday's loss to Ottawa.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 07:10:00 AM

Dmitry Kulikov is expected to play Thursday night after he was a healthy scratch on Tuesday.

He spoke with interim coach Peter Horachek before Wednesday's practice. "He needs to be assertive and confident; he needs to open his eyes and not look like somebody kicked his dog," the Panthers bench boss said. "You can't play hockey that way. You can't go to work that way. You shouldn't go home that way." He's had a difficult start to the 2013-14 campaign.
Thu, Dec 5, 2013 09:31:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Nick Bjugstad
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
5Brandon Pirri
LW1Jussi Jokinen
2Jonathan Huberdeau
3Tomas Fleischmann
4Sean Bergenheim
RW1Brad Boyes
2Scottie Upshall
3Tomas Kopecky
4Shawn Thornton
5Jimmy Hayes
D1Brian Campbell
2Dmitry Kulikov
3Erik Gudbranson
4Willie Mitchell
5Dylan Olsen
6Aaron Ekblad
7Colby Robak
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya