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Fri Jul 18, 2014 7:54pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Florida Panthers signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a three-year contract extension on Friday.

TSN reported that the deal is worth $13 million.

Kulikov, 23, set career highs last season with 81 games played and eight goals. The Russian averaged nearly 22 minutes per game while finishing second among the team's defensemen in hits and fourth in blocked shots.

In 313 NHL games, all with the Panthers, Kulikov has 24 goals with 75 assists and 201 penalty minutes.

The Arizona Coyotes signed first-round draft choice Brendan Perlini to a three-year entry-level contract.

Pelini, who was taken No. 12 overall, had 34 goals and 37 assists in 58 games with Niagara of the OHL last season. He led the IceDogs in goals and finished second on the team in scoring.

The 18-year-old also had three goals and one assist in seven games and won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the U-18 world championship earlier this year.


Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov (7) moves the puck against the defense of Anaheim Ducks right wing Daniel Winnik (34) during the first period at Honda Center. March 23, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA;  Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports