The Devils made
two moves over the last two days, helping to shore up the defense and complete Lindy
Ruff’s coaching staff.
they signed defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to a one-year contract worth $1,150,000.
Kulikov was a free agent last with the Winnipeg Jets.
Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald, who made the announcement, said:
“Kulikov is an experienced, physical left-shot defenseman who skates well. His
ability to play both the right and left side brings value to our defense corps.”
blueliner from Lipetsk, Russia had a pair of goals and eight assists (10 points)
last year for Winnipeg in 51 games. He also had two assists in the Jets’ Stanley
Cup Qualifier series against the Calgary Flames in which he played four games.
is not what sets him apart. He averaged just over 20 minutes of ice time (20:01
according to the press release put out on the matter), and, as Fitzgerald noted,
is physical and versatile. His time on ice average was “third amongst Winnipeg
defensemen” in 2019-20.
well-traveled. He was drafted 14th overall in the first round of the
2009 Draft by the Florida Panthers. He has since played with Buffalo and the Jets.
His best season was 2011-12 when he had career highs in assists with 24 and
points with 28 in 56 games played for the Panthers.
He has a
career total of 35 goals, 135 assists totaling 170 points over eleven seasons
in the NHL. He also has a career average of 19:57 of TOI – showing his
reliability and versatility. In the playoffs, he has participated in 24 games
with one goal and six assists (seven points) to go with 18 penalty minutes.
He played a
season for the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec League prior to moving to
the NHL. The press release notes that in his only season in Drummondville, the
Voltigeurs went to the President Cup Final, the league championship series. He
played 57 games in the “Q” notching 12 goals and 50 assists (62 points) and was
named the 2008 QMJHL Defenseman of the Year, Rookie of the Year and got First
Team All-Star honors.
he has skated for Russia at the 2007 World Junior Championship, winning gold
that year and the 2008 World Juniors where he won a silver. He was also a part
of the Russian team that won bronze at the 2009 World Juniors. He also won
silver at the 2010 and 2015 World Championships.
Not a bad
under-the-radar signing for the Devils as he gives them a little more size
(Kulikov is 6-feet, 1-inch and 205-pounds) and physicality on the backend.
news, the Devils completed Lindy Ruff’s coaching staff by hiring Chris Taylor
as an assistant and Dave Rogalski as the goalie coach today. Taylor and
Rogalski will join Alain Nasreddine and Mark Recchi on the Devils coaching
48-years-old and a native of Stratford, Ontario, has been a coach at the American
Hockey League-level since 2011. He was first named as a Development Coach for
the Rochester Americans in 2011-12. He served as an assistant with the Americans
from 2012 to 2016. He spent 2016-17 as an assistant with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins before returning to the Buffalo Sabres’ organization the following
season to serve as Rochester’s head coach.
As the coach
of the Amerks, Taylor made the Calder Cup Playoffs in two of his three seasons
and, as the press release notes, “was on pace in this third [season] with the Americans.”
He was promoted during the 2019-20 season to be an interim assistant coach with
the Sabres for two months.
his AHL head coaching time with a record of 116-65-33 in 214 games and was
named coach of the North Division a the AHL All-Start Classic in Ontario,
California this past January. Over his entire time in Rochester (as an assistant
and head coach), the Americans were 239-204-57 gaining 571 points over 518
games. Likewise, when he was with the Baby Pens, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had a
record of 43-27-6, recording 92 points. They lost in the Conference Semi-Finals
face will be Rogalski, a 39-year-old native of St. Louis Park, Minnesota.
the Goaltender Development Coach for the St. Louis Blues from 2017-2020, helping
the Blues win the Stanley Cup in 2019 through his work with then-rookie goalie Jordan
In his role
with the Blues, Rogalski “was responsible for the training, film breakdown, and
skill development of the Blues’ young goaltenders and scouting goaltenders for
the NHL Draft. He also crafted video packages and reports on opposing goaltenders
and would visit goaltenders throughout the St. Louis system.”
started coaching in 2010 for St. Cloud State University where he served as their
goalie coach. He spent the next six years in the NCAA before moving to the United
States Hockey League where he was named Goaltending Consultant for the Sioux
Falls Stampede in 2016.
release put out by the Devils notes that Rogalski was a goalie for NCAA
Division III St. Mary’s University from 2001 to 2003. He appeared in 16 games
for the Cardinals, finishing his college career with a 3.78 goals against
average and an .880 save percentage.