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Blackhawks sign Russian forward Viktor Tikhonov to 1-year, $1.04 million deal, per report

Chicago adds Artemi Panarin's line mate from SKA St. Petersburg.

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The Chicago Blackhawks signed forward Viktor Tikhonov to a one-year deal worth $1.04 million, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Tikhonov, 27, has played the past four seasons with SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League. He had eight goals and 16 assists in 49 games, adding a goal and an assist in 15 postseason games for SKA during their run to a Gagarlin Cup. He was also a line mate with Artemi Panarin, who signed with the Hawks in April.

Tikhonov was drafted 28th overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2008 NHL draft from Severstal Cherepovets of the KHL. He signed a three-year contract with the Coyotes in July of that year. He would play in 61 games scoring eight goals and 16 points before he was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

The Russian winger started the 2009-10 season in the AHL with the Rampage and played 18 games before taking a loan with Severstal. The Coyotes recalled him in March and rejoined the team.

Tikhonov was also voted the best forward at the World Championships during Russia's gold medal run. He was also the highest scorer.

The name should sound familiar; Tikhonov is named after his grandfather, the legendary coach of the dominating Soviet Union teams from the 1970s-80s.

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