Denis Arkhipov Signs With Ak Bars
Chicago Blackhawks forward Denis Arkhipov has signed to play next season with Ak Bars Kazan, according to a report posted on Sport Express and the Ak Bars Kazan web site.
Arkhipov, a 20-goal scorer with Nashville in '01-'02, posted 27 points (10g, 17a) in 79 games for the Blackhawks this past season. Arkhipov has spent two previous stints with Ak Bars-- for four seasons between '96-'00, and during the '04-'05 lockout season.
Indications were that it was unlikely the Blackhawks were going to re-sign Arkhipov, an unrestricted free agent who made $900,000 last season. For one, the Blackhawks had already given Arkhipov's #19 to Jonathan Toews, Chicago's first round pick in '06, who signed a three-year deal last week.