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Viktor Tikhonov | Winger

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185

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Viktor Tikhonov seems like he's still in the mix to make the Chicago Blackhawks' main roster.
In classic Joel Quenneville vague quote fashion, he said the following about Tikhonov: "He's probably in a group of about seven guys who are competing for about one or two or three spots ..." Sep 26 - 1:49 PM

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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed Viktor Tikhonov to a one-year, $1.04 million contract.

Tikhonov has played in the KHL since 2011-12 and finally became an unrestricted free agent today from the Coyotes. Expect him to be a bottom-six forward without great stats.
Jul 1 - 1:18 PM

Arizona GM Don Maloney is still in contact with Viktor Tikhonov's agent, but it's unclear if the 27-year-old forward will be back in the NHL.

"We would like to bring him back if the price is right," Maloney said. "I don't know whether that's going to happen." Tikhonov has played the past four seasons in the KHL with SKA St. Petersburg, but he is interested in coming back to the NHL. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 11 - 6:23 PM

Arizona GM Don Maloney says that Viktor Tikhonov wants to return to the NHL.

The Coyotes own his NHL rights but Tikhonov is eligible to become a UFA on July 1. He was drafted 28th overall in the 2008 Draft but has played only in the KHL since the start of the 2011-12 season. "His game has grown," Maloney said. "Certainly, he's a more mature player. Obviously, he's had really good success over in Russia and the World Championship. He was an MVP at the World Championship last year, so his game has grown. I think he's another player you have to look at in regards to some of the holes we have and say, 'Can he come in and fill a role for us and a hole for us and what's the cost? He's not coming back here on a two-way, entry-level contact. That would make it easy if he was. He's been well-paid and deserves to be well-paid and will probably look to be well-paid here. It's still too early to say whether we can entice him back or not, but we're certainly interested in talking to him." He has eight goals and 24 points in 45 games this season.
Feb 14 - 7:39 AM

Viktor Tikhonov will remain in the KHL for the 2014-15 season.

Tikhonov was selected in the first round, 28th overall in the 2008 Draft and played 61 NHL games that season but has not been back in the NHL since as he played some in the minors before the Coyotes loaned him to the KHL. He has one year remaining at $3.1 million in a contract that he apparently cannot get out of. The Coyotes will continue to hold his NHL rights until the summer of 2015 when he will become a UFA.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 07:08:00 AM

Viktor Tikhonov helped Russia stay perfect in the preliminary round of the World Hockey Championship on Saturday.

He registered two goals and one assist in a 4-1 win over Latvia. Russia is 5-0 at the tournament and they already secured themselves a spot in the quarterfinals. Tikhonov, who has spent the last three seasons in the KHL, leads the tournament in scoring with six goals and 12 points.
Sat, May 17, 2014 01:30:00 PM

Viktor Tikhonov has five goals and seven assists in 17 games for St. Petersburg of the KHL.

The Coyotes selected the left winger with the 28th overall pick in the 2008 Entry Draft but he has disapointed so far. Tikhonov appeared in 61 games with Phoenix in 2008-09, but he hasn't been back to the NHL level since.
Mon, Nov 12, 2012 11:20:00 PM

The Coyotes demoted Viktor Tikhonov to Portland of the AHL on Saturday.

It was to be a make or break camp for Tikhinov and it appears it broke. It looks as Vasily's son will never make it big in the NHL. Other demoted to the AHL by the Coyotes on Saturday were forward Marc-Antoine Pouliot and defensemen Chris Summers and Max Goncharov.
Sun, Oct 2, 2011 11:41:00 AM

Viktor Tikhonov is heading into training camp with a make-or-break mindset to make the team.

"Absolutely," he said. "Especially for me, you don't know how long you're going to be a prospect, so this could be the last chance right here. You've got to give everything and just got to fight to make the team." He can play center or the wing and with Kyle Turris still unsigned heading into camp there could be an opportunity for him down the middle. Tikhonov appeared in 61 games with Phoenix in 2008-09, but he hasn't been back to the NHL level since.
Thu, Sep 8, 2011 09:17:00 AM

Viktor Tikhonov has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes.

He recorded 10 goals and 23 assists in 60 games with Phoenix's AHL affiliate in San Antonio last season. Tikhonov skated in 61 games for the Coyotes in 2008-09, but he hasn't been back since. He will likely start the 2011-12 campaign in the minors as well, but could be among the first call-ups should injuries occur.
Wed, Aug 10, 2011 02:10:00 PM

The Phoenix Coyotes have sent Viktor Tikhonov to the minors.

Tikhonov played for the San Antonio Rampage last season but left around Thanksgiving and played 25 games in his native Russia with Cherepovets Severstal of the KHL where he potted 14 goals. He was definitely helped by playing in the K as it helped his offensive skills, but once again finds himself in San Antonio. He is only 22 years of age so he still has a bright future in the NHL.
Fri, Oct 1, 2010 08:52:00 AM

Viktor Tikhonov was helped playing in Russia earlier this season.

Tikhonov left the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL in November to play 25 games in the KHL with Cherepovets Severstal where he scored 14 goals. "When I got sent down, I wanted to give myself a chance to get back up," Tikhonov said. "I played there for two months in San Antonio and at that point, the team was doing pretty well and didn't get called up once and thought it was probably better to go to a better level. Last year here in Phoenix, I was more of a defensive kind of guy - penalty kill and stuff like that. But over there, it switched completely for me. I was power play and scoring, and that worked out well. I got a lot more confidence in that and developed my shot a lot more." That should bode well in the future for the former first round pick.
Sat, Apr 10, 2010 10:47:00 AM

Viktor Tikhonov has been called up by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Tikhonov has 14 goals and 15 points in 25 games this season with the KHL Cherepovets Severstal. He's also spent part of 2009-10 with the AHL San Antonio Rampage. He has two goals and eight points in 18 games with San Antonio. Tikhonov is one of the Coyotes' top prospects and is worth holding onto in keeper leagues.
Sat, Mar 13, 2010 01:57:00 PM

Viktor Tikhonov is sparkling for his KHL team thus far.

Tikhonov has nine goals in five games for Severstal of the KHL including five on the power play. Tikhonov was loaned to the KHL at the end of November and will likely return to Phoenix next season and hopefully grab a roster spot. He is worth keeping an eye on at training camp in September.
Fri, Jan 22, 2010 08:12:00 AM

Viktor Tikhonov has reportedly joined CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

Tikhonov had been playing for the AHL San Antonio Rampage. "My son has been sent to the KHL, he has already landed in Moscow and he's ready to play for CSKA" - Tikhonov's father, Vasily Tikhonov said. "The only problem is that the league is investigating where his rights belong to. He left the NHL playing for Severstal Cherepovets, but that was two years ago." Tikhonov was selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft. If this report is true, than Tikhonov will probably finish the season in Russia before trying to earn a spot on the Coyotes' 2010-11 opening day roster out of training camp.
Sat, Nov 28, 2009 04:57:00 PM

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