The Chicago Blackhawks have placed forward Viktor Tikhonov on waivers.
The 27-year-old is in his first season back in North America after spending four years over in the KHL.
The Russian forward signed a one-year deal worth $1.04 million on July 1st, but he’s had a hard time making his mark in the NHL in ’15-16.
Not only has he failed to produce a point in 11 games with the ‘Hawks, but he’s also struggling to get into the lineup.
Head coach Joel Quenneville has made Tikhonov a healthy scratch in 10 of Chicago’s last 11 games.
His short-term (and affordable) contract plus his offensive upside may lead another team to take a chance on him.
Tikonov might not carry a significant cap hit, but ever dollar counts for the ‘Hawks, who have just over $39,000 in cap space, per General Fanager.
If he is claimed, it could open the door for Bryan Bickell’s return from AHL Rockford.