Thread: Value of: Viktor Tikhonov to NJ
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11-03-2012, 11:11 PM
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Originally Posted by rt View Post
He was placed on waivers on October 11th 2011. He was not claimed. Also, I do not believe he has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave for Russia if assigned to the minors. I believe this is more of an understanding between the Tikhonov camp and the Coyotes organization.
I think it was a formality. The Coyotes wouldn't let him in camp without a contract. He was loaned to St Pete the same day and was assigned to Portland 10 days before. I believe he went to Russia and never reported to Portland. Never-the-less, I believe the franchise feels as though 'he hasn't pay his dues'. I also believe the Coyotes would have eventually recalled him if he reported to Portland last season.

I wonder if the Devils will try to resurrect the Kovalchuk-Tikhonov-Tarasenko line? Tikhonov would be relatively cheap to acquire, but the Blues would want top money for Tarasenko.

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