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18 января 2013 года.
«Пэнтерс» договорись с Куликовым, подписали Ковалева.


Перед самым началом укороченного сезона НХЛ «Флорида Пэнтерс» успели подписать новый контракт со своим свободным ограниченным агентом защитником Дмитрием Куликовым. Двух-летняя сделка рассчитана на общую сумму в $5 миллионов долларов.

22-летний Куликов в сезоне 2011-12 гг набрал 28 результативных очков (4+24) в 58 матчах, показав шестой результат среди хоккеистов «Флориды» по количеству силовых приёмов (104) и пятой по количеству блокированных бросков (74).

«Пантеры» также добавили в свои ряды ветерана Алексея Ковалев, заключив с ним однолетний договор на $1.45 миллиона долларов. 40-летний Ковалев, 15-й номер драфта 1991 года, провел в НХЛ 1302 матча, забросив 428 шайб и сделав 596 передач. Сезон 2011-12 ветеран провел в КХЛ, не показав ожидаемого от него хоккея в подмосковном «Атланте» - всего 6 очков (1+5) и минус -13 в 22 матчах.

Panthers strengthen defense by re-signing Dmitry Kulikov

Fialkov, Harvey. McClatchy - Tribune Business News [Washington] 17 Jan 2013.

Jan. 17--The Panthers back end just got healthier and more skilled as they re-signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a two-year deal.

Kulikov, 22, has been playing for Lokomotiv in the Russian KHL league during the lockout, the same organization he played with in juniors. Negotiations on the restricted free agent have been dragging for months, even before the lockout. He still needs to pass a physical and get a few practices in so it's not certain that he will play the opener Saturday night.

"I'm totally healthy. I need to get some testing and a couple of practices but I can't answer that right now, it's up to the coaches,'' Kulikov told the Sun Sentinel via his agent Sergey Bogdan's cell phone. "It was great fun to play in Russia.

"I'm excited about the season. I haven't met the new guys but I'm definitely excited to meet all the new guys and the old guys, too.''

"I'm a big Dmitry fan," Panthers coach Kevin Dineen said last Sunday. "I thought he really did a good job. He's very young in his development. ... Defensemen take a while to develop, same thing as goalies. Your mistakes get more magnified as a goalie. When you're a defenseman maybe not as much. He's really on track and is somebody that we're excited about and can envision him having a long and successful NHL career.

"I'm a better coach with those two guys [Kulikov and Erik Gudbranson] in the lineup than not. Kuli's a top four defenseman for us last year."

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