General Manager Dale Tallon announced this afternoon that the Blackhawks have signed free agent center Denis Arkhipov to a 1-year contract.
"Arkhipov certainly fills a need we have at center," said Tallon. "He is a big, skilled center who can make plays and is strong on the puck. I saw him play in some tournaments in Europe last season and I really like the way he plays. He had 20 goals in his rookie season in the NHL with Nashville and showed he is a very capable NHL player."
Arkhipov, 27, stands at 6.03 and weighs in at 205 pounds. Last season, he played for Mytishi (Khimik) in the Russian Elite League where he appeared in 50 games scoring 8 goals and 8 assists for 16 points with 28 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 9 playoff games and had 2 goals and 1 assist for 3 points with no penalty minutes.
A native of Kazan, Russia, Arkhipov was the 2nd choice (60th overall) of the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft out of Ak Bars Kazan in Russia. He split the 2000-01 season between Nashville in the NHL and Milwaukee of the AHL. That season he played in 40 games for the Predators and scored 6 goals and 13 points. He had his best NHL season the following year, 2001-02, when he played in 82 games and scored 20 goals and 42 points. In his NHL career, Arkhipov has played in 273 games scoring 46 goals while adding 65 assists for 111 points with 74 penalty minutes.