Mike Santos, the Panthers' assistant general manager, said Tuesday morning that he hadn't spoken to Dmitry Kulikov's agent "in the past 48 hours.''

Kulikov, an unsigned restricted free agent, remained on the roster for Yaroslavl Lokamotiv of the KHL although he wasn't in the lineup for Tuesday night's game.

Santos said as a free agent, Kulikov was free to play in the KHL although the Panthers own his NHL rights. There has been talk that Kulikov is on his way back from Russia although Santos said he didn't know where he was.

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