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Panthers ink Russian defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich to one-year deal

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Cats add former KHLer to help out on the back end

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The Florida Panthers have signed Russian defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich to a one-year, one-way contract.

The 28-year-old Kiselevich played the last nine seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League and won an Olympic gold medal in South Korea earlier this year.

In 393 career KHL games, Kiselevich produced 23 goals and 100 assists. He spent the last four years with CSKA Moscow after leaving Severstal Cherepovets before becoming a free agent after the 2017-18 season.

According to GM Dale Tallon: “Bogdan is a solid, shutdown defenseman who adds depth to our blue line and possesses a strong work ethic,” Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. “He’s proven himself to be a reliable defensive presence on the international stage and in the KHL and has the ability to be a steadying influence on the back end for our young defensemen.”

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