|Assets:||Has obvious offensive instincts and a big shot from the point. Is an outstanding, well-rounded skater that posseses excellent upside. Likes to aggressively jump in and partake in the offensive side of things.|
|Flaws:||Is still learning the small nuances of the National Hockey League game, so he needs to keep minimizing his defensive-zone mistakes and utilize his body more effectively to become an all-around impact rearguard.|
|Career Potential:||Talented defenseman with good upside.|
|QMJHL||Emile "Butch" Bouchard Trophy||2008-09|
|QMJHL||Raymond Lagace Trophy||2008-09|
|QMJHL||Rookie of the Year||2008-09|
|QMJHL||Michael Bossy Trophy||2008-09|
|QMJHL||First All-Star Team||2008-09|
|4/27/2013||Missed the last 3 regular season games (upper body injury).|
|4/23/2013||Upper body injury, remainder of the regular season.|
|3/23/2013||Missed 10 games (wrist injury).|
|3/03/2013||Wrist injury, injured reserve.|
|1/17/2013||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Florida Panthers to a two-year contract.|
|9/25/2012||Signed with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL).|
|6/25/2012||Florida Panthers tendered a qualifying offer.|
|3/17/2012||Missed 23 games (knee surgery).|
|1/24/2012||Knee surgery, injured reserve.|
|11/25/2011||Missed 1 game (lower body injury).|
|11/23/2011||Lower body injury, day-to-day.|
|2/27/2011||Missed 7 games (bruised ankle).|
|2/18/2011||Bruised ankle, injured reserve.|
|2/13/2011||Bruised ankle, day-to-day.|
|1/25/2011||Missed 2 games (rib injury).|
|1/21/2011||Rib injury, day-to-day.|
|1/21/2010||Missed 14 games (knee injury).|
|12/20/2009||Knee injury, early January.|
|9/29/2009||Signed by the Florida Panthers to a three-year entry level contract.|
|6/26/2009||Drafted by the Florida Panthers in the 1st round (14th overall) in 2009.|
Dmitry Kulikov underwent shoulder procedure | 04/29/2013 11:08 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov had surgery on his right shoulder recently.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
ImpactHe missed the last three games of the regular season with what was originally classified as an "upper-body injury." Kulikov didn't take the next step in his development this year, while posting three goals and 10 points in 34 appearances. However, he still has the potential to be a solid offensive contributor from Florida's back end.
Dmitry Kulikov's season is probably over | 04/21/2013 3:36 PM
NewsFlorida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen believes that Dmitry Kulikov won't play during the final week of the 2013 season.
George Richards on Twitter
ImpactThe defenseman was injured after being tangled up with Boston Bruins winger Jaromir Jagr during the Boston Bruins' 3-0 win against the Panthers on Sunday. Initial reactions indicated that it's probably an arm injury.
Dmitry Kulikov needs help off the ice | 04/21/2013 2:51 PM
NewsIt's unclear how serious whatever his issue might be at the time, but Dmitry Kulikov needed help off the ice on Sunday.
Florida Panthers on Twitter
ImpactHe got tangled up with Boston Bruins forward Jaromir Jagr late in the game. He fought through a lower-body injury recently, but it looks like it might have been arm-related this time around.
Dmitry Kulikov should suit up Tuesday | 04/16/2013 7:59 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov has a lower-body issue, but he's expected to play Tuesday night.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
ImpactHe was able to take part in Monday's practice. Kulikov has been disappointing this campaign, with just nine points and a minus-3 rating in 30 games, when it was thought that he could take positive steps forward offensively.
Kulikov begins to find the back of the net | 04/10/2013 10:23 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov has potted two game-winning goals in Florida's past four games.
ImpactCoach Kevin Dineen commented that the 22-year-old defenseman appears to be playing with more enthusiasm. "Obviously it feels good to win, but I don't think my game has changed at all," Kulikov said. "But when you are able to score some goals, you get a chance to look like a happy guy out there. I'm just trying to play the best I can, help us win some games." The markers were his first two of the season.
Dmitry Kulikov scores game-winner Sunday | 04/07/2013 9:01 PM
NewsDmitry Kulikov netted the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory Sunday.
ImpactMarcel Goc also scored for the Florida Panthers. Tomas Fleischmann, Tomas Kopecky, Jonathan Huberdeau, and Brian Campbell each registered an assist in the victory.
| 03/24/2013 2:48 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov was activated from the IL on Saturday March 23.
Dmitry Kulikov might return on Saturday | 03/23/2013 9:16 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov (shoulder) could return to the Panthers lineup Saturday against the Devils.
ImpactKulikov has been out the past 10 games because of a dislocated shoulder. The 22-year-od defenseman has seven assists in 20 games this year.
Kulikov (core) should play this road trip | 03/21/2013 2:53 PM
NewsDmitry Kulikov, who apparently has a core injury, is slated to return to Florida's lineup sometime during their current road trip.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
ImpactHowever, he isn't expected to play Thursday. The Panthers play New Jersey (Saturday), the Islanders (Sunday) and Toronto (Tuesday) to round out their five-game road swing. Kulijov hasn't played since Mar. 2 with what was originally reported as a hand injury.
Dmitry Kulikov (hand) rejoins team Wednesday | 03/14/2013 10:31 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov was back with the team on Wednesday, as he continues to recover from a hand injury.
ImpactHe isn't projected to play Thursday at Boston or in Saturday's home game against the New York Islanders. Kulikov has been out of action since Mar. 2 and the initial timetable for his return was set at three-to-four weeks.
Dmitry Kulikov (hand) will be out 3-4 weeks | 03/06/2013 11:01 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov (hand) is slated to miss three-to-four weeks.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
ImpactHe was injured last Saturday when he fell hard into the boards at Carolina. Kulikov has no goals and seven assists in 20 games this season, while averaging 21:44 of ice time per contest. He has also chipped in 49 hits and 30 blocked shots.
Dmitry Kulikov leaves game with injury | 03/03/2013 11:35 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov left Saturday's contest with a wrist/hand injury and did not return.
ImpactKulikov lost his footing and went down hard onto the ice and into the boards. Nolan Yonkman may take Kulikov's spot on Sunday at home against the Hurricanes. The Russian blueliner had four goals and 28 points in 58 games last season but was struggling in this shortened season before the injury.
Dmitry Kulikov plays a lot in Panthers return | 01/22/2013 10:50 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov made his season debut with the Panthers on Monday.
ImpactHe logged 17:32 of ice time and finished with a minus-2 rating in Florida's 4-0 loss to Ottawa. Kulikov also posted two shots and a minor penalty for hooking. Coach Kevin Dineen may keep an eye on Kulikov's ice time during Tuesday's game in Montreal considering he just got back from Russia.
Dmitry Kulikov practices with Panthers | 01/21/2013 2:39 PM
NewsDmitry Kulikov took part in Monday's practice.
ImpactKulikov missed Saturday's game due to jet lag, but will probably play on Monday. He was a big part of the Panthers last season, but Panthers coach Kevin Dineen seemed frustrated by Kulikov's decision to stay in Russia until he had a contract, rather than return to North America immediately after the work stoppage so that he'd be fresh for the season opener. That probably won't be a factor for long, but it will be interesting to see how much playing time Kulikov gets in his season debut.
Kulikov likely to make season debut Monday | 01/21/2013 8:58 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov will probably play on Monday after missing Saturday's game due to jet lag.
ImpactKulikov was a restricted free agent when the lockout ended and decided to initially remain in Russia as a result. He only arrived in Florida on Friday. Panthers coach Kevin Dineen seemed has seemed frustrated that Kulikov didn't travel to Florida immediately following the work stoppage and expressed that again when he spoke about Kulikov's availability for Monday's game. "I sure hope so," Dineen said. "He had seven months to prepare for his first game [since last season ended], so I sure hope he's finally ready to go. His fitness level - he came in and tested well. He's been playing since the beginning of the year. He had a little setback with a knee injury in Russia. But he's come back and played from there."
Kulikov's contract is 2-years, $5.5 million | 01/18/2013 6:03 PM
NewsDmitry Kulikov's two-year deal with the Florida Panthers is will come with a $2.5 million annual cap hit.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
ImpactThe first season of Kulikov's contract will be a prorated $2 million and he'll earn $3 million in 2013-14. Kulikov was a restricted free agent going into training camp.
Dmitry Kulikov will have physical on Friday | 01/18/2013 10:23 AM
NewsDmitry Kulikov's new deal with the Panthers hasn't been finalized yet, but it is close to completion.
Impact"There are a lot of hoops to jump through," said assistant GM Mike Santos. Kulikov is expected to take his physical Friday, which could lead to his deal becoming official and his presence in the lineup for Saturday's opener against Carolina.
Florida Panthers re-sign RFA Dmitry Kulikov | 01/17/2013 5:38 PM
NewsDmitry Kulikov has inked a two-year deal with the Florida Panthers.
Harvey Fialkov on Twitter
ImpactKulikov was a restricted free agent. He has missed pretty much the entirety of the short training camp due to the contract negotiations, but fortunately he played in Europe during the lockout. He had six points and 28 penalty minutes in 22 KHL games.
Panthers speak to Dmitry Kulikov's agent | 01/17/2013 10:57 AM
NewsFlorida assistant GM Mike Santos said Wednesday he spoke to Dmitry Kulikov's agent on two occasions, but he didn't have any progress to report.
ImpactThe Panthers still have to sign the restricted free agent defenseman or else his absence will leave a gaping hole on their back end to start the season. Kulikov isn't listed on the roster of KHL team in Russia anymore.
Contract talks not progressing with Kulikov | 01/16/2013 12:25 PM
NewsNegotiations with Dmitry Kulikov have reportedly not been progressing, but the Panthers still hope to get him signed.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
ImpactAssistant GM Mike Santos said he hasn't spoken to Kulikov's agent in the "last 48 hours" and he doesn't consider the two sides to be close to reaching an agreement. "We'll keep working at it and would like to get him signed," Santos added.
Dmitry Kulikov in Russia, awaits NHL deal | 01/14/2013 12:58 PM
NewsDmitry Kulikov is still in Russia while he waits for a new deal from the Florida Panthers.
ImpactDale Tallon said Thursday that he was speaking to Kulikov's agent on a daily basis and coach Kevin Dineen is confident that something will be worked out within the next few days. The Panthers defenseman went over to play for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl in the KHL during the lockout, but stated before he left that he wanted to return to the NHL.
Panthers need to wait to re-sign RFA Kulikov | 01/10/2013 6:59 PM
NewsThe Florida Panthers will not be able to re-sign restricted free agent Dmitry Kulikov until the CBA is ratified.
ImpactThat should happen Saturday morning. "We're still talking," Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. "We want him in our lineup and we're doing everything in our power to get him here. We've talked to his agent the past three days. We're on top of it." He had four goals and 28 points in 58 games last season. He also had six points and 28 penalty minutes in 22 KHL contests during the lockout.
RFA Dmitry Kulikov needs a new deal | 01/07/2013 1:53 PM
NewsDmitry Kulikov still needs a new contract from the Florida Panthers.
ImpactHe began the lockout as a restricted free agent after completing the final year of his entry-level deal in 2011-12. Kulikov was sidetracked by a minor knee surgery last season, but he still managed to post 28 points in 58 games. During the lockout he suited up in 22 games with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL, where he produced six points and finished with a minus-8 rating.
|1/19/2013||Fla||Car||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did not dress|
|Goals||1||3 times-last:at NYI||last:Apr 16||1|
|Assists||2||2 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Feb 26||2|
|Points||2||2 times-last:vs. Pit||last:Feb 26||3|
|Penalty Minutes||4||2 times-last:at NYR||last:Apr 18||4|
|Plus/Minus||2||3 times-last:vs. TB||last:Feb 16||2|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:at NYI||last:Apr 16||1|
|Power Play Points||2||vs. Pit||Feb 26||2|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||34 times-last:at Bos||last:Apr 21||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||34 times-last:at Bos||last:Apr 21||0|
|Shots||5||at Mtl||Jan 22||5|
|Penalty Minutes||45||2010-11 (Fla)|
|Plus/Minus||-5||3 times-last: 2011-12 (Fla)|
|Power Play Goals||2||2011-12 (Fla)|
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