Young Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has finally been signed to a deal that should work out swimmingly for both parties, a two year contract...or essentially a 1.5 year contract given the NHL's shortened season. The 22 year old RFA has long been touted as being a skilled offensive defenseman, scoring 4 goals and racking up 24 assists through 58 games last season, and 70 points through 198 career games since being drafted 14th overall in 2009. Kulikov seemed to be breaking out before a mid season injury slowed him down. Despite some growing pains last year, there was no doubting Kulikov's value whether as a Panther for long term, or in a trade had a deal not been formed.