Blackhawks Sign F Viktor Tikhonov

Forward Viktor Tikhonov, 27, has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Hawks.

Tikhonov was a first round pick (28th overall) by the Coyotes in 2008. He scored eight goals with 16 assists in 49 games skating with newly signed Hawks prospect Artemi Panarin with St. Petersburg in the KHL last season. He played 61 games for the Coyotes in 2008-09, scoring eight goals with eight assists.

34 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign F Viktor Tikhonov

  1. There’s Panarin’s language buddy. Hasn’t this guy mostly played wing? Right handed shot …

  2. Good to see Stan picked a translator that can actually skate. The guy has some skill and should fit in well. Plus Stan got him for a bargain.

  3. @ Hof

    And Artie, I would imagine all of them playing together at some point. The Hawks have a very diverse team this season. Canada, Swedes, Fins, Rus, Aus, Svk, and 3 USA guys!

    “Tikhonov was known for his dictatorial coaching style. He exercised nearly absolute control over his players’ lives. His teams practiced for 10 to 11 months a year, and were confined to barracks throughout that time. CSKA was literally part of the Soviet Army during the Soviet era, and Tikhonov was a general. Tikhonov’s fear of defections since the late 1980s was supposedly so great that he cut players when he thought they might defect. In 1991, for instance, he cut Pavel Bure, Valeri Zelepukin, Evgeny Davydov, and Vladimir Konstantinov just before the 1991 Canada Cup. All of them had been drafted by NHL teams, and Tikhonov might have thought that they might defect if they were allowed to go to the West, just like Alexander Mogilny and Sergei Fedorov. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Tikhonov mellowed his style considerably.”


  5. This can’t hurt who knows maybe with the right line mates he’ll step up. Has anyone heard anything about Kruger. Hope he doesn’t leave to.

  6. Kessel gone to the Penguin’os, along with Tim Erixon…man is that guy a hot potato or what.

  7. Panarin, Anisimov & Tikhonov. I like that line on paper, now let’s see if it happens and they produce. The Russline.

  8. He wasn’t signed because he had a falling out in Arizona. Arizona still held his rights. He signed in mother Russia and didn’t want to leave until after his contract was up and his rights were relinquished

  9. …..Tikhonov has hockey in his dna definitely….hopefully he can make the transition to the Nhl…..Canadians and Russians are the best hockey players in the world in the past 50 years….with lack of top draft picks Blackhawks have signed top players from the second best talent pool…..good move….and cheaper too…and wont require much training……

  10. Brad Richards is now a Redwing. I’m okay with that. Desjardins has 4 offers according to reports, so that can’t be good because I hope he would come back. Sadly quite on the Kruger front which has me nervous. Need him back.

  11. Yah too bad about Richards..Detroit gave him 3 million and bonus uo to 4 M …oh well, easy come easy go…good fit for him.

    Anaheim, Washington, Pittsburg have major new “looks” to them, Boston has fire sale going on, Beaner fans in meltdown mode. Colorado picked up nice and Calgary is going to be a force to reckon with getting a whole lot better.

    So far I’m pretty excited about the new look Blackhawks…do not think we have gone backwards at all.

  12. Bickell to Boston would be a cruel fate for him…those fans will eat him alive for several reasons, thinking is Calgary a good fit, kind of guy Burke likes..seems to me a lot of rebuilding with speed in mind. Tomorrows players must check all these boxes..Fast; Skilled; Big; Nasty; Defensive; take pucks on every part of the body; Real hockey smarts.

  13. Consider that Bickell to Boston rumor dead with them signing Belesky for 3.8 a season. Very quickly Stans market has closed for Sharp, Bickell & Steeger.

    The Hawks are 9 million over the cap

  14. Not saying its impossible but the Pens and Bruins were legit destinations.

    The Caps, Habs and Panther could all be available for Sharp. Although i read or heard Sharp not being shopped as hard. Which makes me want to bash my head into a wall that Sharp & Bickell are still on this roster and Saad is not. I know its not all equal but still makes me sick to my stomach, and i can scream “F’ing Sharp” for another season or 2 !

  15. Vermette back to the yotes for the exact same price, Stan can try to add him at the deadline next year.

  16. Speaking of the yotes…I really can’t figure out what they’re doing. What does Vermette do for them? They trade Gagner, their leading scoring forward for Chris Pronger’s cap hit. So they’re trying to put the cheapest team on the ice and be bad…yet they sign Vermette.

  17. Chances are the Coyotes won’t even be playing in Glendale but in Vegas.. Don’t know how anyone takes that team seriously anymore…Disappointed we did not keep Vermette but it was never going to happen … Way more to come yet

  18. Wow, what the heck are they doing in Boston? Owner lost his mind when they didn’t make the playoffs but this is crazy. Well it sure looks like they aren’t going to this year either.

  19. Fantastic move. Tik is a ripe and ready former 1st rounder. Made the nhler as 18 year old, then went back where he grew and matured. Truly ready for the NHL now.

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