The Florida Panthers have re-signed defenceman Dmitry Kulikov to a three-year deal worth a total of $13 million.
Kulikov's new deal carries an average annual value of $4.33 million.
The 23-year old Russian scored eight goals and added 11 assists in 81 games with the Panthers in 2013-14.
"He's got so much ability," said Panthers GM Dale Tallon. "It's time for him now to make a statement and be a leader on our team. He's got all the ability in the world. It's now just a matter of channeling it in the right direction. We're happy to have him in the fold. He's a great kid. He's still a young guy with tremendous ability. Hard to find those guys."
Originally selected 14th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Kulikov has appeared in 313 career games with the Panthers, scoring 24 goals and 75 assists.
Kulikov just completed a two-year deal worth an average annual value of $2.5 million.