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Penguins plan to sign Plotnikov, eye Tikhonov: report @NHLdotcom

The Pittsburgh Penguins plan to sign Russian forward Sergei Plotnikov when free agency begins on July 1, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Penguins also have interest in Viktor Tikhonov, who played for the Arizona Coyotes during the 2008-09 season and has spent the past four seasons with St. Petersburg of the KHL, the Tribune-Review said.

Plotnikov, 25, has played six seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League, the past three with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv. He has 44 goals and 101 points in 159 games over that span.

Plotnikov was part of Russia's gold medal-winning team at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, and was among the scoring leaders in the tournament with 12 points.

Tikhonov, 27, was the 28th pick of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Coyotes. He had eight goals and 16 points in 61 games during the 2008-09 season, but spent most of the next two seasons in the American Hockey League before his stint in the KHL.

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