Talks looked bleak on Tuesday when Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos admitted that he hadn’t been in contact with Kulikov’s agent in 48 hours.
After being selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Russian-born defenseman has already cemented himself as a critical part of the Florida Panthers. He had 28 points and averaged 21:51 minutes per contest in 58 games last season. He’s also become a big part of Florida’s efforts with the man advantage, which was one of its key strengths last season.
Retaining Kulikov’s services was especially important for Florida after Jason Garrison signed with the Vancouver Canucks over the summer.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie noted that the deal is still not finalized as Florida wants Kulikov to submit to a full medical.
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.