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April 10, 2014 | 10:53am ET
Panthers aim to re-sign Kulikov, Gilbert
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The Florida Panthers plan on being fairly active this off-season, and will be addressing some of their pending free agents shortly after the season concludes.

Panthers GM Dale Tallon wants to bolster his roster for the 2014-15 campaign, but also needs to focus on getting some of his own players locked into new deals.

Defensemen Dmitry Kulikov and Eric Gudbranson are set to become restricted free agents July 1, while blueliner Tom Gilbert is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

The Panthers plan on getting all three players signed.

Gilbert can test the waters freely on July 1. After a solid season with the Panthers comes to an end, the two sides will discuss an extension, which will result in a solid raise for the defenseman.

Gudbranson will find himself a new contract in due time, but things could get tricky with Kulikov, whom the Panthers entertained trade offers for.

If the Panthers feel they cannot get Kulikov locked up to a new deal by the NHL Draft in late-June, Tallon could try to trade him once again.


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